Newtown doctor accused of fraud to pay over $400,000
By Nelson Oliveira
May 26, 2016
A Newtown psychiatrist has agreed to pay more than $400,000 to settle accusations that he submitted false Medicaid and Medicare bills, authorities said this week.
Dr. Naimetulla Syed, who has an office on North Street in Danbury, is accused of “upcoding” services —the practice of submitting medical claims using a higher-paying billing code when services with lower-paying billing codes were actually performed.
Syed submitted upcoded claims between 2009 and 2013 indicating that he provided Medicaid and Medicare patients with 45 minutes or more of face-to-face psychotherapy and a medical evaluation and management service when, in fact, he had provided 30 minutes or less of therapy and no evaluation or management service, Attorney General George Jepsen said in a news release Wednesday.
Under a settlement reached this week, Syed did not admit to any wrongdoing, but agreed to pay nearly $402,000 in cash to the state and federal governments and forfeit about $21,000 in funds the state withheld during the investigation. The state’s share of the settlement proceeds is $185,830, according to the release.
Syed also agreed to take a compliance program intended to prevent fraud.