5th Circ. Upholds Doc's Fraud Conviction, 10-Year Sentence

Law360, New York (August 14, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld a Louisiana cardiologist's 2008 conviction and 10-year prison sentence for performing unnecessary angiograms and angioplasties on patients, rejecting his argument that the health care fraud statute is vague concerning the medical necessity of cardiac treatments.

Mehmood Patel argued that the statute was vague as applied to cardiac treatments such as an angioplasty — a surgical procedure that helps clear blocked arteries, frequently with the installation of a stent — for which medical necessity hinges on a physician's judgment. Patel claimed...
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