Chicago doctor accused of not performing procedures he billed for
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org June 21, 2013 4:16PM
Updated: June 22, 2013 4:49PM
A Chicago doctor who buses his Illinois patients to clinics in Lake County for urological procedures never actually performed some of those procedures, according to a federal indictment.
Subir Maitra, 73, now faces six counts of health care fraud.
The indictment, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hammond, claims that Maitra practices at the Little Village MRI and Medical Center, at 2611 S. Lawndale, Chicago.
The majority of his patients come from Little Village, speak little English and have private insurance, usually from union jobs.
Although he sees patients at the Little Village location, the indictment claims that he regularly buses them to Hind Hospital, in Hobart, and Lakeside Surgery, in East Chicago, to perform any actual surgeries.
The surgery under investigation is a cystometrogram, which involves inserting a catheter with a censor through the urethra into the bladder. The procedure usually takes anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes and requires the patient stays awake. However, the indictment says that Maitra never performed the surgery on at least six clients from November 2008 to January 2009, although he billed each of their insurance companies $515 for the procedure.
Along with the criminal charges, the government is also seeking to have Maitra forfeit any money or property he obtained from the alleged scheme.
Court records do not say if Maitra has been arrested of when his initial appearance will take place.