“In one of the largest genetic testing fraud cases ever tried to verdict, today’s sentence makes clear that the Department will seek justice for those who put profits above patient care, including owners and executives,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The sentence also demonstrates the Criminal Division’s ongoing commitment to fighting telemedicine and genetic testing fraud that exploits patients and drains health care benefit programs.”

Minal Patel, owner of LabSolutions LLC in Atlanta, Georgia was sentenced to 27 years in prison this week after fraudulently submitting over $463 million in genetic and other “sophisticated” lab tests to defraud Medicare.  He used deceptive measures to have patient brokers, telemedicine companies and ‘robo-signed’ genetic testing orders from providers to order expensive genetic testing.  These providers never saw or treated the patient in which the testing was ordered. 

“Deception, kickbacks, and bribes have no place in the provision of legitimate genetic testing and telemedicine services to patients who need them,” said Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of the FBI Miami Field Office. “Patel bilked hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicare through a complex testing fraud scheme. He is now paying the price for this crime. The FBI commends the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) for their close partnership and diligence working this joint investigation. Our message to those who commit Medicare fraud and steal from U.S. taxpayers is clear: you will be caught and you will be held accountable.”

Operation Double Helix is a federal law enforcement action led by the Health Care Fraud Strike Force FOCUSED on fraudulent genetic cancer testing. 

You read that right!  An entire task force has been assigned to regulate the fraudulent billing for genetic cancer testing!

In this industry, it isn’t just the billing side of genetic testing that is inaccurate.  The actual science for many of these companies is also fraudulent.

Yes, this lab was CLIA certified/approved. 

Yes, this lab was able to issue results for everything listed above until it was shut down due to fraudulent billing practices.  Do you think the science – the actual results provided for these complicated test offerings – was actually accurate? 

Contact us today to learn more! We are here to help you with your accuracy evaluation, fraudulent billing evaluation needs and more!

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