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Federal authorities have frozen the bank accounts of a Hyattsville pain doctor as they investigate whether his office submitted millions of dollars in fraudulent claims to Medicare and other health insurance programs.
According to documents filed by the FBI in federal court in the District last week, investigators found that Dr. Martin R. McLaren received more than $6.5 million from various health insurance programs “based on his submission of fraudulent billing.”
He told The Washington Times that the investigation could be resolved in civil court “if in fact there were billing errors.”
“Just because it’s alleged doesn’t mean it’s true,” Mr. Behre said.
According to search warrant affidavits, Medicare claims indicate that patients received services from Dr. McLaren while authorities said he was in Barbados.
Investigators said Dr. McLaren’s office billed for some procedures for which the doctor did not have equipment, the affidavit states.
A former office worker told authorities that Dr. McLaren instructed her to remove computers, charts and medication from his office because he feared federal agents would execute a search warrant, according to the affidavit.
Investigators are looking into the overall finances of the medical practice, including payments to Dr. McLaren’s wife, who earned about $820,000 in 2004, according to federal affidavits.
Authorities said there is “probable cause to believe” that some of the millions of dollars generated from billings suspected as fraudulent landed in the personal bank accounts of Dr. McLaren and his wife, according to the affidavit. The affidavit does not say whether Dr. McLaren’s wife is a focus of the investigation.
According to public records, Dr. McLaren completed graduate medical school at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica in 1968. He completed an internship at Princess Margaret Hospital in the Bahamas in 1970 and served as an assistant professor at Howard University’s College of Medicine from 1973 to 1982.
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