Cardiologist gets prison time for submitting 350 fraudulent claims

A New Jersey physician specializing in cardiology and electrophysiology was sentenced to 20 months in prison July 31 for billing the Veterans Affairs program for services he didn't perform, according to the Department of Justice.

The sentencing came after Apostolos Voudouris, MD, previously pleaded guilty in federal court to healthcare fraud. He admitted submitting documentation to the VA on more than 350 occasions between 2011 and 2015 for procedures he never performed. He received $238,230 from the VA for those fraudulent claims, according to the DOJ.

In addition to the prison term, Dr. Voudouris was fined $7,500 and ordered to pay restitution of $238,230. He also entered into a civil settlement with the government, under which he will pay $476,460 to resolve the government's false claims allegations.

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