FBI seeks more victims of Hoffman Estates doctor recently indicted for health care fraud – Chicago Tribune
The FBI is asking for the public’s help in finding other victims of a Hoffman Estates doctor who has been charged with 13 counts of health care fraud after allegedly defrauding Medicaid and several health care programs. health on nearly $800,000, officials said.
A website and online questionnaire have been created to identify other victims of Dr. Mona Ghosh, according to a statement from FBI spokesperson Siobhan Johnson.
Ghosh is a licensed physician who owned and operated Progressive Women’s Healthcare in Hoffman Estates and was recently charged, according to the release.
Ghosh is accused of defrauding multiple health care benefit programs, including Medicaid, for services that were not provided as billed.
She allegedly submitted false claims for medical procedures such as endometrial ablation and services such as lab tests that were not medically necessary and/or never rendered, Johnson said in the statement. These included claims for alleged telemedicine visits when Ghosh did not speak to the patient, claims for office visits and procedures when Ghosh did not see the patient, and claims for procedures based on a false diagnosis, the FBI said.
“Targeting government and private health care programs that the public relies on to maintain their well-being is a serious crime,” Acting U.S. Attorney Morris Pasqual said in a statement. “In addition to presenting false statements, the allegation that the defendant performed medically unnecessary procedures to enrich herself is particularly troubling. This office will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to prosecute those who steal from health care programs and needlessly put patients at risk.
The FBI believes there could be many more victims, Johnson said in the statement, adding that victims may be eligible for certain services and restitution.
Potential victims are encouraged to visit https://www.fbi.gov/MonaGhoshInvestigation to see if they are eligible.