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Doc Faces 30 Years In Prison For Alleged Double
Billings, False Claims


Pleasanton, CA, physician Dilbagh S. Chattha managed to score an indictment for a whopping 94 counts of health care fraud and another 94 counts of mail fraud in an alleged Medicare fraud case in the U.S. District Court for Northern California.

Prosecutors say Chattha defrauded Medicare and other federal health programs. Among other things, he allegedly billed for higher levels of service than he performed. And he allegedly claimed to have submitted "special reports" that "included more information than that which is usually included on medical billing forms." He also allegedly billed for needle electromyography tests that he either did not perform or performed fewer times than he claimed. Finally, he tried to bill twice for the same procedure.

Chattha faces up to 20 years in prison for the mail fraud counts and 10 years for the health care fraud counts. He also faces a maximum fine of $250,000. These indictments come as a result of an investigation by a taskforce of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel.