KY Cardiologist Pleads Guilty To Fraud

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Updated: 6/05/2013 7:47 pm
A Kentucky cardiologist has pleaded guilty to performing stent surgery for patients who didn't always need it.

The US Attorney says Doctor Sandesh Patil worked in London and billed Medicaid and Medicare for $250,000 in stent work.

Stents are metal tubes used to open arteries.

They're deemed a 'medical necessity' when arteries are at least 70% blocked.

Patil was accused of using them and charging the Government when the blockage was less than 70%.

He's set to be sentenced August 27th and could get 30 to 37 months in federal prison.

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