Dr. Tariq Mahmood's Trial Date Set

A May 12 trial date has been set for Tariq Mahmood, MD, for his involvement in a Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme from 2010 to 2013.

Dr. Mahmood is the former owner of several hospitals in Texas, including Cozby Germany Hospital in Grand Saline, Central Texas Hospital in Cameron and Community General Hospital in Dilley.

A federal grand jury indictment was issued against Dr. Mahmood April 13, 2013, charging him with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and seven counts of healthcare fraud. 

According to the indictment, Dr. Mahmood helped carry out a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through the submission of false and fraudulent claims by changing, deleting and incorrectly sequencing diagnostic codes in a way that did not reflect the actual diagnoses and conditions of the patients and subsequently billing Medicaid and Medicare for those services.

If found guilty on all counts, Dr. Mahmood could face more than 20 years in federal prison and $750,000 in fines, according to a Dallas News report.

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