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District Wins $771,000 in Medicaid Fraud Case against Doctor Practicing in DC

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

District Wins $771,000 in Medicaid Fraud Case against Doctor Practicing in DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Judgments awarding the District $771,271.01 against Dr. Ishtiaq Malik, a nuclear cardiologist, and his two affiliated companies for submitting false claims to the District’s Medicaid program have been entered in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan announced today.  The judgments include three times the amount of the damages, plus penalties, as allowed under the District’s False Claims Act to be awarded from those who submit false claims for District dollars.  

A lawsuit by the District focused on Dr. Malik’s improper billing for myocardial perfusion studies -- also known as nuclear stress tests -- and also alleged that Dr. Malik, a Maryland resident, and his companies billed for services not performed and used improper billing codes.  The investigation and prosecution of the case was a joint effort among the U.S. government, the state of Maryland, and the District.  The federal government and the state of Maryland also were awarded judgments for violations of their respective False Claims Act statutes.

Attorney General Nathan said that his office “will vigorously prosecute those who seek to defraud the District’s Medicaid program.”

Attorney General Nathan thanked the District’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Department of Health Care Finance, which administers the District’s Medicaid program, for their assistance.  He also commended Assistant Attorneys General Jane Drummey and Jimmy Rock, and paralegal Joan Hungerford, each of the Public Advocacy Section of the Public Interest Division, for their work on the case.

CONTACT:  
Ted Gest, Public Information Officer
202-727-6283
ted.gest@dc.gov