Multi-Million Dollar Judgment Entered in Health Care Fraud Case
A judgment totaling Sixteen Million Nine Hundred Ninety Three Thousand Three Hundred Seventy Four Dollars and Fifty Four Cents ($16,993,374.54) was entered in a civil lawsuit filed by the United States against Illinois Healthcare Clinic, P.C. d/b/a Marion Family Health Care, MCFHC, Inc., d/b/a Harrisburg Family Healthcare and Galatia Center Corporation, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Sukhdarshan S. Bedi owned or operated three medical clinics in Southern Illinois – Illinois Family Healthcare, P.C. d/b/a Marion Family Health Care; M-CFHC, Inc., d/b/a Harrisburg Family Healthcare; and Galatia Medical Center Corporation. The clinics were enrolled in the Illinois Medical Assistance Program and designated as rural health clinics by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Based on this designation, the clinics were authorized to provide general medical services to Medicaid recipients in areas deemed to be medically under served. On at least 400 occasions, the clinics allowed two mid-level practioners, Randy Doty and Mohamed Elsamahi, to knowingly dispense prescriptions of Schedule II controlled substances by using presigned prescription pads that were signed by Dr. Bedi. In addition, the clinics had a behavioral-health unit staffed by Elsamahi that allowed Elsamahi to treat patients for mental health issues, even though he was unlicensed and unqualified to provide the treatment. There were over 1,000 of these unauthorized patient visits.
“I hope that this justified, but enormous judgment will serve to put other health practitioners on notice that they must abide by the rules which apply equally to all such practioners. Please do not think you can hide behind a professional license and defraud the United States.” declared United States Attorney Wigginton.
Dr. Bedi has previously pled guilty to felony criminal charges related to this case. The case was investigated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Drug Diversion.