An area dermatologist was found guilty, on Tuesday, of 22 federal felony charges related to health care fraud, bankruptcy fraud and the filing of false tax returns.
According to U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II, 59-year-old Dr. Allen G. Saoud was convicted after he schemed to circumvent his exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid to unlawfully obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars. The jury also believed that Saoud committed bankruptcy fraud, lied to a federal agent about his medical practice, committed aggravated identity theft and obstructed internal revenue laws by filing false income tax returns.
He faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the 13 health care fraud convictions, a minimum of two years in prison for the identity theft conviction and between three and five years on the other convictions.
In addition to prison time and fines, he could also owe a money judgment of $850,000.
In 2005, Saoud was alleged to have submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid. He reached a settlement to pay $310,000 and voluntarily be excluded from federal health programs for 10 years.
The charges he was convicted of on Tuesday came after he violated the 2005 agreement by continuing to benefit from Medicare and Medicaid.