Boston: An Indian-American physical
therapist has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for his
role in a health care fraud scheme.
Michigan resident Baskaran Thangarasan would also
undergo three years of supervised release following his prison
term and would have to pay UAD 2.3 million in restitution,
jointly with co-defendants, the Departments of Justice and
Health and Human Services said.
Thangarasan, 37, had pleaded guilty in December 2009
to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
According to information contained in the plea
documents, Thangarasan, a licensed physical therapist, and his
co-conspirator, created fictitious therapy files appearing to
document physical and occupational therapy services provided
to Medicare beneficiaries, when in fact no such services had
The fictitious services reflected in the files were
billed to Medicare through sham Medicare providers controlled
Medicare is a social insurance programme of the US
government, providing health insurance coverage to people who
are aged 65 and over, or who meet other special criteria.
Thangarasan has admitted that during the course of the
scheme, he signed approximately 1,011 fictitious physical
therapy files indicating that he had provided physical therapy
services to Medicare beneficiaries, when in fact he had not.
He was paid approximately USD 50 for each file that he
Between September 2003 and May 2006, he also falsified
physical therapy files that supported claims to the Medicare
programme totaling approximately USD 5 million. Medicare paid
approximately USD 2.3 million on those claims.
Thangarasan began working in February 2003 as a
contract therapist for a co-conspirator who owned and
controlled several companies operating in the Detroit area
that purported to provide physical and occupational therapy
services to Medicare beneficiaries.
Thangarasan admitted that, throughout the conspiracy,
he was fully aware that Medicare was being billed for physical
therapy services that he falsely indicated he had performed.