A Carrollton chiropractor who committed health care fraud was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Dr. Abbas Zahedi, 49, also was ordered to pay about $2.4 million in restitution for a scheme that involved billing insurance companies for health care services that were not performed, authorities said.
Zahedi, owner of DFW Rehab & Diagnostics, was convicted in June 2014 of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, five counts of health care fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft. Zahedi has been in federal custody since his conviction.
Five others who were convicted in the case have also been sentenced.
Reginald Guy, 44, of Arlington, was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison and ordered to pay about $2.4 million in restitution. Guy was a factory worker and union representative in Arlington who used his union position to recruit and refer workers to DFW Rehab & Diagnostics.
The workers claimed health care services they didn’t receive in exchange for monthly kickbacks, work excuse notes and “a variety of prizes,” authorities said.
The conspiracy took place from 2009 to 2012.
Co-defendants James Sterns, Tina Perkins, Donna Harris and Gregory Wattron cooperated with the government and testified against Zahedi and Guy at their trial.
Sterns, 50, of DeSoto, was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and ordered to pay about $2.2 million in restitution.
Perkins, 43, of Dallas, was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay about $2.4 million in restitution.
Perkins’ sister-in-law, Donna Harris, 43 of Haltom City, was sentenced to eight months in federal prison and was ordered to pay about $2 million in restitution.
Wattron, 56, of Grapevine, was sentenced to six months in federal prison and was ordered to pay about $1.3 million in restitution.
Source: The Dallas Morning News