Karl McIntosh, Delaware psychiatrist, indicted for fraud and identity theft

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The News Journal
Wilmington doctor indicted on insurance fraud and identity theft charges
By Esteban Parra
July 27, 2017

Karl McIntosh

Psychiatrist Karl McIntosh

A Wilmington psychiatrist – a former Delaware Medical Board officer – has been indicted on charges he submitted more than $100,000 in insurance claims over a two-year period for visits that did not occur.

To facilitate this fraud, Dr. Karl McIntosh used his patients’ personal identifying information without their consent, according to the state Department of Insurance’s fraud unit. At least four of the 11 people whose identities were stolen by 53-year-old McIntosh were minors, court documents show.

McIntosh was indicted on Monday by a New Castle County grand jury on charges of health care fraud, insurance fraud, theft and 11 counts of identity theft. He was arrested on Tuesday but released after posting $50,000 bail.

McIntosh, who could not be reached for comment on Thursday, was ordered to surrender his passport and not leave the state as a condition of bail, according to the Insurance Department.

His medical license remained active, and a petition to suspend it had not been made as of Thursday, according to the Department of State’s Division of Professional Regulation.

McIntosh’s 14-count indictment culminates a yearlong investigation by the Insurance Department’s fraud prevention unit and state prosecutors. The indictment comes a month after the Insurance Department ran ads to let people know more about its fraud unit.

“The fraud unit of the Department of Insurance takes these cases seriously and actively investigates all reported cases of fraud,” Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro said in a statement. “We work closely with our partners at the Department of Justice to see these cases through, protecting consumers.

“A case such as this brings to light that insurance fraud costs everyone.”

McIntosh served as president of the Delaware Board of Medicine from 2006 to 2008. He also was the board’s vice president in 2005 and its secretary treasurer in 2004.

When a consumer advocacy organization rated Delaware’s board of medical practice among the worst in the nation at disciplining doctors, McIntosh defended the board’s practices.

“The Delaware Board of Medical Practice really takes a very serious stance on public protection as our primary role,” McIntosh told The News Journal in 2004. “It’s not to protect doctors or anyone else but citizens.”

Karl McIntosh