- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Bullhead City physician will pay the federal government more than $200,000 as part of a settlement for allegedly submitting false claims to Medicare.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona announced the settlement Wednesday that will resolve civil allegations against Dr. Bashir Azher.

According to a whistleblower lawsuit filed in June 2014 in U.S. District Court in Arizona, the 69-year-old Azher knowingly made false claims for reimbursement for unnecessary prostate laser ablation procedures.

Azher is accused of doing this between February 2006 and July 2014.

However, the settlement is neither an admission of liability by Azher nor a concession by the U.S. that its claims are without merit.

Dr. Arnaldo Trabucco, who brought the suit under whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, will receive a share of the settlement.

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