PHYSICIAN INDICTED FOR HEALTH CARE FRAUD
WINDSOR DENNIS, M. D., age 77, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged in a one-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for health care fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the indictment, DR. DENNIS was an orthopaedic surgeon and operated a medical practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. The indictment charges that DR. DENNIS submitted claims in the amount of $102,053 to the U. S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs for services he claimed he provided after Hurricane Katrina that DR. DENNIS did not render.
If convicted, DR. DENNIS faces a possible maximum term of ten (10) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
Daniel R. Petrole, Acting Inspector General, United States Department of Labor, stated:
“This indictment is the result of collaboration by several federal agencies working together to root out workers’ compensation fraud and bring those responsible to justice. We will continue to detect and quickly respond to fraud schemes perpetrated against the Department of Labor programs.”
David C. Williams, Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service, added:
“Today’s indictment of Dr. Windsor Dennis is a significant step forward in the on-going effort to reduce fraudulent workers’ compensation claims. The workers’ compensation program benefits thousands of postal employees who have received legitimate on-the-job injuries. But false claims, particularly by health care providers, undermine the system.”
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the Offices of Inspector General for the U. S. Postal Service and the U. S. Department of Labor. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Patrice Harris Sullivan.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims or have knowledge of waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at: (866) 720-5721. You can also fax information to: (225) 334-4707 or e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org