A federal jury this week found a 49-year-old Golden doctor guilty of incorrectly charge insurers for employment that were never rendered and not medically necessary and then fabricating patient files to cover up his crimes.
John Van Wu was condemned on charges of mail fraud and obstruction of justice following a one-week trial, the U.S. Department of Justice aforementioned in a news release.
Wu is in custody and has some other trial unfinished on extra counts of distributing oxycodone outside the usual course of medical practice and obstruction, the DOJ aforementioned.
Wu operated a medical clinic in West Denver from 2011 to 2015. More than a dozen former patients testified at the trial that they did not have galore of the ailments represented in Wu’s files and did not get the high-ticket procedures beaklike to insurance, according to the justice department.
In one example cited by federal prosecutors, a patient file represented years-long nosebleeds followed by nasal procedures — neither of which were true, the patient testified, the news release aforementioned.
Wu beaklike about 95 percentage of his office visits as the longest, most high-ticket and highest reimbursing type of visit, the DOJ aforementioned, despite the fact that his patients came in for routine ailments that did not require this type of service.
Wu besides admitted during the trial to shredding patient files during the investigation, the release stated.
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“Our health care system can’t function properly unless doctors act with honesty and integrity,” U.S. attorney Jason Dunn aforementioned in the news release. “This jury triumph is important, and the next trial regarding opioids allegedly wrongfully prescribed by this doctor is equally important.”
In June, Wu was besides indicted for allegedly selling oxycodone prescriptions for cash when people gave him a driver’s license for person other who qualified for the prescriptions.
Wu’s case was part of a sprawling federal investigation known as the National Health Care Fraud Takedown, which led to charges against more than 600 people, including 165 doctors and other medical professionals. Then-attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest ever health care fraud take down.