Female Indian American Doctor charged with health care fraud


Atlanta sources reported that an Indian-American doctor has been charged with committing health care fraud out of her practice in Stuart, Florida. Meanwhile Sheetal Kanar Kumar, M.D., 48, appeared in federal court and was arraigned on twenty-six counts of health care fraud.  The trial is currently set to begin in Fort Pierce on November 13, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra.

As per report, Dr. Kumar owned and operated the medical practice Advanced Healthcare for Women in Stuart, Florida.  She was an obstetrician and gynecologist licensed to practice medicine.  She also provided medical services for treating incontinence.   From at least as early as January 2014, until July 2017, Dr. Kumar submitted or caused the fraudulent submission of claims to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies. Moreover the fraudulent claims sought money for specific health care benefits, items, and services that were not provided as billed. 

Moreover an indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. Further U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of HHS-OIG, FBI and Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in this matter and the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel E. Funk.

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