London doctor convicted of fraud for implanting unneeded pacemakers

Scales of Justice

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A federal jury convicted a London doctor last week on health care fraud for implanting pacemakers that were not medically necessary.

The United States Attorney’s Office District of Eastern Kentucky says, between 2007 and 2011, Dr. Anis Chalhoub implanted approximately 234 pacemakers in patients at St. Joseph London hospital.

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The evidence at trial showed that the pacemakers for dozens of those patients were not needed under national guidelines and Medicare coverage rules, according to prosecutors.

The attorney’s office says a number of patients testified at trial that Dr. Chalhoub pressured them into getting the procedure and that several patients say he told them that they might die without a pacemaker.

Prosecutors say the diagnosis Dr. Chalhoub gave the patients, Sinus node dysfunction, is a non-fatal condition.

The jury also heard evidence that Dr. Chalhoub defrauded Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurers of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

On April 11, the jury convicted Chalhoub of health care fraud.

Chalhoub is currently scheduled to be sentenced on August 14, 2018 in London, Kentucky.

He faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment.