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Doctors Indicted for Allegedly Filing $2.3M in Fraudulent Insurance Claims

Potomac residents who operated a pain management clinic allegedly performed low-cost procedures and billed at a higher rate.

Physicians Paramjit Singh Ajrawat and his wife Sukhveen Kaur Ajrawat face 16 counts of indictment. Credit: Screenshot from WJLA TV
Physicians Paramjit Singh Ajrawat and his wife Sukhveen Kaur Ajrawat face 16 counts of indictment. Credit: Screenshot from WJLA TV
A federal grand jury has indicted two doctors in Potomac on charges of health care fraud totaling $2.3 million.

Licenced physician Paramjit Singh Ajrawat, 60, and his wife Sukhveen Kaur Ajrawat, 56, a licensed psychiatrist, face 16 counts of indictment for falsely billing insurance companies.

The husband and wife have owned and operated the Washington Pain Management Center in Greenbelt since 1985, according to WJLA TV. Paramjit Ajrawat treated physical pain, while Sukhveen worked with patients dealing with mental concerns.

An FBI news release states that from August 2008 through May 2014, the Ajrawats performed lower-cost procedures in lieu of the more expensive ones they filed for reimbursement to insurance benefit programs including Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program. For example, the indictment alleges Paramjit Ajrawat performed an epidural when he had used a less invasive injection using licodaine.

An independent auditor first noted the large number of epidural claims, WJLA reports. Investigators were not able to see the epidural machine when they visited the clinic. Sukhveen Ajrawat reportedly said the machine was in a screening room with a patient. She later sent investigators a lease agreement for the machine, but prosecutors say the document was forged.

WJLA reports in order to cover the scheme, the Ajrawats allegedly instructed employees to lie to the police and also shredded patient files.

Both physicians retained their medical license as of Friday, but still face the 16 counts of healthcare fraud. Each carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. 
BlueStarMom July 01, 2014 at 06:13 AM
Wow you act like this is new. This is a culture. Same thing in Cecil County but the kicker is they offer fertility drugs to get the girls benefits so they can bill for them. Homeless, drug addicted , pending sentences, already have 5 kids you don't have custody of - come on in. It's disgusting
Linda July 01, 2014 at 08:46 AM
16 counts of fraud to the tune of $2.3 million but yet they still have their licenses. Am I missing something here? No wonder our health care system in the US is so screwed up. The same thing goes for the people who should have pulled the licenses so these two couldn't cheat the system anymore before going to prison. What a joke!
J Leland July 01, 2014 at 09:56 AM
We have a health care system in this country that encourages this behavior. As long as health insurance companys set the market for healh care costs, gross overbilling and fraud will be pervasive.
Brad July 01, 2014 at 03:54 PM
This goes on all the time, it's no wonder foreign medical personnel want to come to the USA to set up shop. There needs to be accountability in all federal programs, there is so much waste in the federal budget. Who ever heard of someone having a federal job like the IRS, and then bonuses are handed out at the tune of $89 million dollars. There needs to be a review of all budgets, federal, state and local.
11 Bravo July 02, 2014 at 07:56 AM
Two class acts

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