Metairie Doctor Charged in $5,600,000 Medicare Fraud Scheme
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DR. ALEX L. GLOTSER, age 36, a resident of Metairie, has been charged on September 29, 2023 with defrauding Medicare of approximately $5.6 million in medically unnecessary durable medical equipment (“DME”) and Cancer Genetic Testing (“CGx”).
The bill of information charged GLOTSER with health care fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1347. According to the bill of information, GLOTSER worked as an independent contractor for several purported telemedicine companies. From approximately September 2017 to August 2019, GLOTSER, through the purported telemedicine companies, allegedly signed thousands of doctors’ orders for DME and CGx tests for Medicare beneficiaries he never saw, spoke to, or otherwise treated. As a result, it is alleged that GLOTSER’s orders resulted in over $5.6 million in false and fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare, of which Medicare reimbursed over $2.4 million. To conceal and perpetuate the fraud, GLOTSER allegedly made several false and fraudulent statements in support of the orders he referred. These false statements included the false certification in medical records and requisition forms that he was the beneficiaries’ treating physician, that he had personally examined the patients, including performing certain in-person procedures for knee braces, and that he used the DME and CGx tests ordered for the management of the patients’ conditions. In exchange for electronically reviewing patient charts and ordering DME and CGx tests, it is alleged that GLOTSER was paid a set fee per doctor’s order, typically $30, totaling $270,570.
U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, GLOTSER faces up to ten years in prison. GLOTSER also faces up to three years of supervised release after release from prison, a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross gain to GLOTSER or the gross loss to any victims, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. Trial Attorneys Kelly Walters and Samantha Stagias of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Moses, Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the Eastern District of Louisiana, are prosecuting the case.
Shane M. Jones
Public Information Officer
United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana
United States Department of Justice
Updated October 10, 2023
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