Estate to pay $625k for deceased physician's overbillings

Leroy J. Pelicci, MD, who owned the Pelicci Pain Relief Center in Scranton, Pa., allegedly submitted false claims to the Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs before his death in March 2014. The Department of Justice announced last week Dr. Pelicci's estate has agreed to pay the federal government $625,000 to resolve the allegations.

Between June 2003 and March 2014, Dr. Pelicci allegedly submitted improper claims for trigger injections given to U.S. Postal Service workers. The claims, which were filed under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, were allegedly upcoded to receive higher reimbursement.

The settlement amount includes the total loss to the federal government as a result of the alleged upcoding of the claims and the cost of the investigation.

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