LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a former Lafayette cardiologist serving a 10-year prison term for health care fraud.
The Advocate reports Dr. Mehmood M. Patel, who reported to federal prison in December, was accused of billing insurers for unnecessary heart procedures and falsifying medical records to support the payments.
A federal jury in 2008 convicted Patel on 51 counts of health care fraud, and a judge in 2009 sentenced him to 10 years in prison.
Patel had remained free until last year when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction.
He then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, but the high court turned down that request last week.
Dr. Mehmood Patel Agrees to Report to Prison
A former Lafayette cardiologist has agreed to report to prison by Dec. 17 after losing his appeal to overturn a health care fraud conviction.
Dr. Mehmood M. Patel was sentenced to 10 years in prison in June 2009 following a three-month trial in which a jury convicted him on 51 counts of federal health care fraud.
Patel has remained free since 2009 while appealing the case. The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in August and last month turned down a request by the former doctor to reconsider.
Patel's attorney had asked the appellate court to allow him to remain free pending a request to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.
The appeals court last week denied the request.