Lufkin doctor pleads guilty to health care fraud

Lufkin doctor pleads guilty to health care fraud
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 4:26am

AS REPORTED IN THE LUFKIN DAILY NEWS:

Angry letters were seen taped to the front door of Dr. Alexander Orlov’s Office after he pleaded guilty to charges of health care fraud Monday in a Beaumont federal courtroom.

Since his June arrest, Orlov, 46, has continued practicing medicine, accepting only cash, check or credit card as payment. Based on an angry letter taped to the front door of his practice, Lufkin Urgent Care, Orlov did not tell patients the office would be closed Monday.

“Dr. Orlov, Just wanted to let you know how unprofessional you are. You could have at least called your patients and rescheduled appointments. People are (angry) and if you don’t go to prison, you probably will know how many patients. I just had to get this off my mind. You are very uncaring of your clients who depend on you.”

Orlov pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to defraud Medicare and Medicaid Monday before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark, according to a federal press release.

According to information presented in court, from November 2008 to April 2010, Orlov and an employee, Haseeb Rehman, submitted claims for physicians’ services to Medicare and Medicaid for services provided by Rehman, who was not a licensed medical professional.

Rehman treated patients, prescribed medication, performed minor surgical procedures and operated within Lufkin Urgent Care as if he were a licensed medical professional. Claims were submitted to Medicare and Medicaid for Rehman’s services representing that the services were provided by a physician.

As a result of these claims, Orlov unlawfully obtained more than $250,000 from Medicare and Medicaid, according to information presented in court.

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