The Justice Department said that Virginia gynecologist Javaid Perwaiz has been convicted by a federal jury on 52 counts related to his defrauding of health insurance programs and falsely telling his patients that they need surgeries. He has been found guilty of submitting false insurance claims after performing unnecessary surgeries on women, including hysterectomies and tubal ligations.
The doctor had pleaded not guilty, and he could face up to 465 years in prison.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said that Dr. Perwaiz preyed upon his trusting patients and committed horrible crimes to obtain goods.
Many of the procedures Perwaiz performed were unwanted, and 173 women have come forward since his arrest to report similar experiences, including repetitive surgeries they never asked for.
Perwaiz billed private and governmental insurers millions of dollars for irreversible hysterectomies and other procedures that were not medically necessary to obtain financial gain. He would falsely tell his patients that they needed the surgeries to avoid cancer and billed insurers hundreds of thousands of dollars for diagnostic procedures he never performed.
To add to this, Perwaiz falsified the records of pregnant women so he could induce their labor early to ensure he would be reimbursed for the deliveries.
Back in 1996, Perwaiz was sentenced to five years probation by a federal judge after pleading guilty to two counts of tax fraud, and he had to pay more than $100,000 in fines and restitution.