This past Monday, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of a South Texas physician for his role in a multi-million dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme. If proven true, these allegations represent one of the most brazen frauds in recent memory.
According to the DOJ’s allegations, Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada misdiagnosed patients and deliberately gave them dangerous and unnecessary medications, just so that he could bill for the treatments and other expensive procedures. In addition to endangering the health of countless patients, Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada’s actions are estimated by the DOJ to have resulted in $240 million in false and fraudulent health care charges.
This case is a reminder that fighting fraud is not just about recovering taxpayer money. It is about protecting the most vulnerable members of society against those who would exploit them just to turn a higher profit.
The Department of Justice’s press release can be found here.
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