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Psychiatrist in Wise pleads guilty to health care fraud

Psychiatrist in Wise pleads guilty to health care fraud

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ABINGDON, Va. — A psychiatrist from Wise, Virginia pleaded guilty to health care fraud in federal court in Abingdon Thursday, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Uzma Ehtesham, 52, waived her right to be indicted. She was accused of fraudulently billing Virginia Medicaid and Medicare $500,000. From 2010-2016, she billed for individual office visits when she often saw patients in groups of two to four. Additionally, she billed for extensive and costly office visits when she was conducting them for five to six minutes, according to the release. Court documents show Ehtesham was seeing more than 50 patients per day.

As part of a plea agreement, Ehtesham is required to pay $1 million in restitution, fines and forfeiture. She faces up to 20 years in prison.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 28.

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