An owner of an imaging/diagnostics firm was convicted of fraud, identity theft, false billing and will face life in prison for the deaths of two patients. The CEO and co-owner of a Maryland diagnostics company is facing that sentence after a jury convicted him of two counts of healthcare fraud that resulted in death. The Department of Justice announced last week the results of the court case.
Mr. Rafael Chikvashvili of Baltimore, Maryland was convicted of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of more than $7.5 million. To make matters worse, “The evidence showed that Rafael Chikvashvili failed to provide medical services to patients who needed them, and billed for services that he did not provide,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “The jury found two patients died because their X-rays were not reviewed by a qualified radiologist. Health care fraud has consequences, in money wasted and lives lost.”Read More