- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey couple and their diagnostic imaging companies must pay more than $7.75 million for knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare for thousands of falsified diagnostic test reports and the underlying tests.

The defendants also were found liable Tuesday for knowingly submitting false claims for neurological tests conducted without physician supervision.

A judge ordered Nita Patel and her husband, Kirtish Patel, and their two Parsippany-based companies - Biosound Medical Services and Heart Solution PC - to pay the government $5 million in damages and $2.75 million in civil penalties.

The Rockaway couple pleaded guilty last November to complaints charging them with health care fraud. Both are due to be sentenced Aug. 16.

The government claimed the couple created fraudulent diagnostic test reports, forged physician signatures on the reports and then billed Medicare.

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