Texas doctor at center of CBS News investigation pleads guilty to fraud

A Texas doctor uncovers massive Medicare fraud A CBS News investigation He pleaded guilty to federal charges.

According to court documents, 49-year-old Daniel Canchola fraudulently billed Medicare for more than $54 million in services, including genetic testing, which CBS News found to haunt seniors’ cancer scares.

“The Criminal Division is committed to protecting patients and prosecuting providers who exploit them,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr., of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Canchola’s argument demonstrates that medical professionals who prioritize profit over patient care will be held accountable.”

CBS News chief investigative correspondent Jim Axelrod revealed in 2019 how Telemarketing recruiters will woo superiors To hand over your insurance information and saliva sample for a “free” genetic cancer risk test. Those recruiters partnered with labs and doctors, including Canchola, to bill Medicare for costly and unnecessary genetic tests.

Several seniors told CBS News that they never got any test results, but their Medicare accounts were billed thousands of dollars anyway.

In 2019, Axelrod questioned Canchola in a Dallas parking lot about bills he had collected for a pair of retirees he had never met or treated, and who had $19,000 on their accounts. fee was imposed. Two weeks later, Kanchola was among dozens of people arrested for allegedly participating in a genetic testing scheme.

On Tuesday, Canchola pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge and admitted to prescribing cancer genetic testing “without seeing, talking to, or otherwise treating patients.” Court documents show that he collected more than $450,000 in illegal bribes in exchange for signing trial orders. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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