Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois)
Belleville psychiatrist sentenced to more than two years for fraud
By Beth Hundsdorfer
April 3, 2008
A Belleville psychiatrist received a 30-month prison sentence today after he admitted to defrauding Medicare of $1.755 million.
Ajit Trikha, 55, pleaded guilty to two counts of health care fraud in June by overbilling Medicare and Medicaid, billing for services that weren’t performed and exceeding number of patients allowed in group therapy sessions.
Trikha pleaded guilty in June.
John Stobbs, Trikha’s attorney, didn’t return calls for comment.
On Thursday, U.S. District Chief Judge David Herndon sentenced Trikha to 30 months in federal prison and ordered him to repay the Medicare and Medicaid programs $1.755 million.
Herndon allowed Trikha to surrender to a federal prison upon order of the U.S. Marshal.
Trikha established his practice, called TRX Health Systems, in 2000 and it operated at 6915 W. Main St. in Belleville.
Trikha’s received his Illinois medical license in 1989 and it remains is active, according to the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation. It expires on July 31.
Federal prosecutors alleged Trikha billed for in-office psychotherapy sessions when he was out of the country, billed for 45- to 50-minute sessions with patients when he spent little or no time with the patient and billed for group-therapy sessions that “far exceeded” the 12-person limit set by Medicare and Medicaid.
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