Edmond Woman Convicted of Health Care Fraud Receives Prison Term and $1.89 Million Fine
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Yesterday, FARIDEH HEIDARPOUR, 51, of Edmond, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange to serve twelve months and one day in federal prison for her role in committing a health care fraud scheme, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. In addition, Judge Miles-LaGrange ordered that Ms. Heidarpour serve three years of supervised release following her imprisonment, tender a check to the court in the amount of $1 million to reimburse the United States, and pay a $1.89 million fine and restitution of $120,689.84
Ms. Heidarpour pled guilty in August 2012. The evidence showed that from 2005 through 2009, she was the manager, part-owner, and medical biller for the Advanced Clinics located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas, and Oakland, California. The majority of patients of the Advanced Clinics were injured United States Postal Workers receiving medical benefits under the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Program (DOL-OWCP). These patients received medical evaluations and physical and occupational therapy for the purpose of obtaining schedule awards from DOL-OWCP for their injury disabilities. Ms Heidarpour fraudulently billed DOL-OWCP for services not rendered, double billing, and manipulated billing codes to obtain higher reimbursements. From October 2006 through December 2009, Ms. Heidarpour personally received over $4.4 million from the Advanced Clinics.
This sentence is the result of an investigation conducted by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Vicki Z. Behenna and Kerry A. Kelly.
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