- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 1, 2004

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A federal jury in Alexandria yesterday convicted a Great Falls doctor and his wife on 62 counts of conspiracy and health care fraud in a scheme that prosecutors said sought to defraud the government and private health insurance companies.

Abdorasool Janati, 57, and his wife, Forouzandeh, 56, ran the Neurological Institute of Northern Virginia. They were convicted of inflating their invoices and billing for services not rendered for seven years beginning in 1996.

U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton scheduled sentencing for Feb. 25. The couple face a maximum penalty of 615 years in prison, a $15.5 million fine and full restitution to the their victims.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty said Janati, a neurologist, was the primary physician at the institute, with offices in Woodbridge and Alexandria, and his wife worked as the office manager.

The institute operated as a health care clinic and was engaged in the business of providing neurological testing and evaluations to patients.

Mr. McNulty said many of Janati’s patients came to see the doctor for brief office visits, although he and his wife submitted insurance claims that falsely indicated that Janati had conducted comprehensive office visits. During such visits, a physician may perform, among other things, a comprehensive medical exam and typically spends 40 minutes in face-to-face contact with patients.

In addition, the Janatis caused the submission of insurance claims that falsely indicated that certain neurological procedures had been performed on patients when, in fact, the claimed tests had not been performed, Mr. McNulty said. They also altered patient billing and medical records.

“Doctors who cheat the government are in reality stealing from the American taxpayer. This case is a clear warning to all doctors that they are not above the law — those who steal will be prosecuted,” Mr. McNulty said.

Jerry Seper

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