Prosecutors in New Jersey have charged a couple in Rockaway, Morris County, for medical fraud after accusing them of faking physician signatures on the reports of tests generated by their mobile diagnostic testing company.
Nita Patel and Kirtish Patel, both 51 years old, who owned and operated Biosound Medical Services and Heart Solutions of Parsippany, collectively known as "Biosound", which was approved by Medicare.
According to the prosecutors, the couple operated the mobile diagnostic centers between June 2012 and June 2014, and provided diagnostic tests such as ultrasounds, echocardiograms, and nerve conduction studies.
The complaint said that rather than sending the tests to specialists for interpreting the results and pay them compensation, Kirtish Patel would interpret the result themselves and Nita Patel would either photocopy or electronically cut and paste a physician's signature onto a diagnostic report. If found guilty, the couple face maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.