New York surgeon Syed Imran Ahmed, MD, was sentenced last Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn to 13 years in prison for multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud, according to a statement released by the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

US Chief Judge Dora L. Irizarry of the Eastern District of New York also ordered Ahmed, 51, to pay $7.3 million in restitution, forfeit $7.3 million, and pay a $20,000 fine.

Ahmed, of Glen Head, New York, who specialized in wound care and weight loss, was convicted in July 2016 on one count of healthcare fraud, three counts of making false statements related to healthcare matters, and two counts of money laundering.

“Dr Syed Ahmed treated Medicare like a personal piggy bank, stealing over $7.2 million by making fraudulent claims for medical procedures he never performed,” US Attorney Richard P. Donoghue of the Eastern District of New York said in announcing the sentence. “Dr Ahmed will now pay the price for violating the trust that Medicare places in doctors. His 13-year prison sentence and the heavy payments imposed should send a powerful message of deterrence to other medical professionals.”


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