BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - BEAUMONT, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin doctor employed an unlicensed worker treat patients, prescribe medication and perform minor surgeries at his clinic, according to an indictment handed down June 3 by a federal grand jury.
Dr. Alexander Orlov, 45, and his physician's assistant, Haseeb Rehman, 57, both of Lufkin, were arrested on June 9 for health care fraud violations.
According to the indictment, from Nov. 2008 to Apr. 2010, Orlov, the owner of Urgent Care, and Rehman, an employee, are alleged to have submitted claims for physicians' services to Medicare and Medicaid for services provided by Rehman.
Rehman also filled out prescriptions and forged Orlov's signature on prescriptions, the indictment alleges. Claims were submitted to Medicare and Medicaid for Rehman's services representing that the services were provided by a physician. As a result of these claims, the defendants and their co-conspirators unlawfully obtained more than $725,000 from Medicare and Medicaid, the indictment alleges.
On June 3, a federal grand jury returned a ten count indictment charging Orlov with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Rehman was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
If convicted, both defendants face up to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Orlov also faces up to 20 years in federal prison for each count of wire fraud and up to 2 years in federal prison for each count of aggravated identity theft.
The indictment was sealed until Thursday, when Orlov and Rehman made an appearance in federal court. A U.S. Attorney spokeswoman said both have bonded out of federal custody.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office Web site, Orlov had hired Thomas Scott Allen, Jr., a Houston lawyer, as his attorney. A call to Allen for comment was not immediately returned.