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Temecula doctor convicted in $12M Medicare fraud scheme

Posted: 3:51 PM, Oct 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-17 18:52:46-04
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TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California doctor has been convicted of taking part in a $12 million scheme to defraud Medicare.

A federal jury on Wednesday found Donald Woo Lee of Temecula guilty of eight charges.

Prosecutors say Lee provided medically unnecessary procedures to Medicare beneficiaries and provided phony billing codes to obtain a higher government reimbursement.

Authorities say Lee submitted $12 million in bills and received $4.5 million in reimbursements.

Besides health care fraud, Lee was convicted of adulteration of a medical device because prosecutors say he re-packaged single-use catheters for reuse on patients.