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A former Virginia OB/GYN has been sentenced to almost 60 years in prison for conning women into undergoing “invasive” and “unnecessary” medical procedures — including hysterectomies — so he could cash in on their insurance claims, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
Javaid Perwaiz, 71, defrauded insurance companies out of almost $21 million by telling patients they needed the surgeries, such as irreversible hysterectomies and improper sterilizations.
In some instances, Perwaiz even falsely told his patients that they needed the unnecessary procedures because they had cancer — or to avoid cancer — in order to persuade the women to agree, the DOJ said.
The former doctor was found guilty on 52 counts for his crimes, committed between 2010 and 2019, in November.
“Motivated by his insatiable and reprehensible greed, Perwaiz used an arsenal of horrifying tactics to manipulate and deceive patients into undergoing invasive, unnecessary, and devastating medical procedures,” said Raj Parekh, acting US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
“These fraudulent and destructive surgeries caused irreversible damage to the victims.”
Perwaiz also fudged records for his obstetric patients in order to induce labor early, so that he could be reimbursed for baby deliveries, evidence presented by the DOJ shows.
In addition, the former OB/GYN violated the 30-day waiting period Medicaid requires for elective sterilizations, by using incorrectly dated forms to make it look like he had adhered to the waiting period, authorities said.
Parekh hailed the “resilience, strength, and courage” of women who came forward about Perwaiz’s heinous crimes.
“While no prosecution can undo the lifelong trauma that Perwaiz cruelly inflicted on his patients, today’s sentence ensures that the victims and their families have the last word,” he said in a statement.
“Doctors should never take advantage of the trust that their patients put in them, and those who do should be held accountable,” said Mark Herring, attorney general of Virginia.
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