Nita Patel (53) and her husband Kirtish N. Patel (54) of Rockaway, New Jersey were sentenced to long prison terms following their conviction for healthcare fraud.
U.S. District Judge William H. Walls imposed the stiff sentences in the Newark federal court on August 16, 2016.
Kirtish N. Patel got a 100-month prison term while his wife Nita K. Patel received a 78-month term.
Judge Walls also ordered Kirtish and Nita Patel to serve three years of supervised release, forfeit $4,8 million, and pay restitution of $4,8 million.
Both defendants pleaded guilty on November 17, 2015, before Judge Walls to health care fraud.
“I am still mystified and, in a certain sense, frightened by the crime that you and your husband committed,” Judge Walls told Nita Patel. “The risk that you imposed on people who had done you no wrong… is frightening and scary.”
The Patels’s fraud vehicle was their mobile diagnostic service Biosound Medical Services Inc.
Court documents and statements reveal that more than half of the diagnostic reports generated by Biosound from October 2008-June 2014 were never actually reviewed or interpreted by a physician.
The fraudulent diagnostic reports were interpreted and written by Kirtish Patel despite having no medical license. Nita Patel then forged the doctors’ signatures on her husband’s fraudulent reports.
Referring physicians relied on the fraudulent diagnostic reports from the Patels to make treatment decisions for their patients for serious and life-threatening conditions such as heart defects, blood clots and abdominal aortic aneurysms.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey said over 10,000 diagnostic reports generated by Biosound between October 2008 and June 2014 were never actually reviewed or interpreted by a physician.
Kirtish and Nita Patel scooped up $4.8 million from Medicare and private insurance companies for the fraudulent reports, which they used to fund a lavish lifestyle including multiple residences and luxury vehicles.
In a separate civil case, U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in July 2016 ordered Nita and Kirtish Patel, Biosound Medical Services and Heart solutions to pay the government $5 million in damages and $2.75 million in civil monetary penalties.
May Jai Shri Ram give Nita and Kirtish Patel the strength to endure their long prison ordeal.