One too many toe nail clips...and incorrect coding..BD
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A podiatrist pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding Medicare by billing for things like toenail clipping and foot massages and agreed to pay $1.2 million in restitution. The plea bargain for Ming C. Tung will settle criminal and civil cases brought by federal authorities, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He pleaded guilty to a single count of health care fraud. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced Dec. 7, although the actual term will be considerably lower, in part, because he pleaded guilty. Tung, 63, of East Brunswick, admitted that from 2001 to 2005, he fraudulently billed the Medicare program for routine services, such as toenail clipping and massage. To get reimbursement, Tung made it appear that the patients suffered from systemic problems, such as diabetes, that qualified.