Owner of neuropsychology clinic charged with insurance fraud

Michael Howard Kabat, owner of a San Diego-based Neuropsychology Consult Services, was charged June 4 with health insurance fraud related to an alleged multimillion dollar fraudulent billing scheme, according to a Fox 5 San Diego report.

The owner is accused of falsely billing three health insurers — Blue Shield of California, the Medicare Trust Fund and Scripps Health Plan — more than $2.2 million from late 2012 to early 2016.   

Prosecutors claim Mr. Kabat's assistants regularly performed lengthy neuropsychological examinations that Mr. Kabat billed under a code indicating he personally conducted the procedures. This coding resulted in the clinic receiving more reimbursements.

The defendant and his biller, Leslie Hendrix, were formally charged in San Diego Superior Court. They are both charged with three counts of health insurance fraud and additional felony counts for creating false documents to support claims for health insurance benefits.

Mr. Kabat also faces charges of failing to pay his assistants their agreed-upon hourly rate, tax evasion and perjury.

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