PHYSICIAN SENTENCED TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD OFFENSE
DR. WINDSOR DENNIS, age 78, and a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today in federal court by Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to two (2) years of probation in a health care fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. As a condition of his probation, the defendant was ordered to spend twelve (12) months in home confinement and to be subject to electronic monitoring. In addition to the term of probation, Judge Lemelle ordered that DR. DENNIS pay restitution in the amount of $750,000.00, a special assessment of $100.00 and to pay a $5,000.00 fine to the United States.
DR. DENNIS, an orthopaedic surgeon who operated a medical practice in New Orleans, Louisiana, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle to one count of health care fraud on March 3, 2010. According to court documents, DR. DENNIS billed the United State Department of Labor, Office of Worker’s Compensation, for health care services he claimed he performed after Hurricane Katrina, when his office was not open.
The case was investigated by the Offices of Inspector General for the United States Postal Service and the United States Department of Labor.
The case was 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