Houston-Area Doctor Gets 15 Years For Fraud Scheme

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Houston-area physician has been sentenced to 15
years in prison and must forfeit more than $43 million in cash and
property after pleading guilty to engaging in health care fraud
over 10 years.

Dr. Arun Sharma, of Kemah (KEE'muh), appeared Tuesday in Houston
before U.S. District Judge David Hittner.

The 56-year-old physician reached a plea agreement with federal
prosecutors admitting to fraudulently billing Medicare, Medicaid
and private health care providers for medical procedures that
weren't performed.

Sharma's wife, Dr. Kiran Sharma, also pleaded guilty last April
to conspiracy and health care fraud, She'll be sentenced later this
month. Both are in custody.

Hittner ordered they forfeit their $700,000 home, more than
$800,000 in cash found in safe deposit boxes and investment
accounts built with proceeds from the scheme.

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