Dr. Joseph Kubacki, former chairman of the ophthalmology department at Temple University School of Medicine, was convicted by a federal jury in Philadelphia today on 150 counts of healthcare fraud, wire fraud and making false statements in healthcare matters, according to a U.S. Justice Department news release (PDF).
Former Temple doc Kubacki convicted
Kubacki, 62, of Destin, Fla., was indicted in January and today was found guilty of causing more than $4.5 million in false claims to be submitted between 2002 and 2007 for patients whom he did not see or evaluate, according to the release. As a result, Medicare and private health plans made payments on fraudulent claims in excess of $1.5 million.
A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled. Kubacki, who was serving as Temple assistant dean for medical affairs at the time, faces up to seven years and three months in prison, a fine of as much as $36 million, mandatory restitution and three years of supervised release.
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