Medical Doctor To Pay $86,506.30 To Resolve Civil Liability For Alleged Violations Of The False Claims Act

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HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Dr. Musaddiq Nazeeri, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay the United States $86,506.30 to resolve civil liability for alleged violations of the False Claims Act.

According to the United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, between February 10, 2021 and January 21, 2022, Dr. Nazeeri billed Medicare for certain services that were not supported by the medical record. During the above timeframe, Dr. Nazeeri submitted Evaluation & Management (E&M) claims when the only service rendered was the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. It is those type claims that were not supported by the medical record.  Dr. Nazeeri cooperated with the investigation.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is dedicated to combatting fraud and abuse impacting taxpayer-funded programs,” said United States Attorney Karam. “We use every tool at our disposal to do so, and this resolution reflects that commitment.”

“Investigating violations of the False Claims Act is a top priority,” said Maureen R. Dixon, Special Agent in Charge for the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “We will continue to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to ensure the integrity of the Medicare program.”

This Settlement Agreement is neither an admission of liability by Dr. Nazeeri nor a concession by the United States that its claims are not well founded.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.  The investigation was handled by Assistant United States Attorney, Tamara Haken, and the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Unit within the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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