Metairie Doctor Pleads Guilty 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, pled guilty on October 18, 2023, to defrauding Medicare out of approximately $5.6 million in connection with ordering medically unnecessary durable medical equipment (“DME”) and Cancer Genetic Testing (“CGx”).
GLOTSER pled guilty to a bill of information charging him with health care fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1347. According to court documents, GLOTSER was an independent contractor for several purported telemedicine companies. From approximately September 2017 to August 2019, GLOTSER, through the telemedicine companies, signed thousands of doctors’ orders for DME and CGx tests for Medicare beneficiaries he never saw, spoke to, or otherwise treated. As a result, 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 made several false and fraudulent statements to support these orders, including falsely certifying, in medical records and requisition forms, that he was the beneficiaries’ “treating physician,” that he had “personally” examined 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, GLOTSER was paid a set fee per doctor’s order, typically $30, totaling $270,570.
GLOTSER faces up to ten years in prison, 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. GLOTSER is also required to pay $2,420,100 in restitution to Medicare. Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle set the sentencing hearing for January 24, 2024.
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, Healthcare Fraud Coordinator for the Eastern District of Louisiana, are prosecuting the case.
Shane M. Jones
Public Informaion Officer
United States Attorney's Office, Eastern Distric of Louisiana
United States Department of Justice
Updated October 24, 2023
Health Care Fraud