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West Virginia physician convicted on Medicare, Medicaid fraud

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 6:03 p.m.
 

A West Virginia physician was convicted Tuesday in federal court in Wheeling on charges of scheming to obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid.

Dr. Allen G. Saoud, 59, of Clarksburg, who operates a dermatological medical practice in Bridgeport, about 35 miles southwest of Morgantown, was convicted on 22 counts including health care fraud, bankruptcy fraud and filing false tax returns.

He could face substantial prison time and fines when he is sentenced and may be ordered to pay a money judgment of $850,000, prosecutors said.

Saoud was accused in 2005 of submitting false claims to Medicare and Medicaid. He reached a settlement with the United States to pay $310,000 and be voluntarily excluded from all federal health care programs for 10 years. He was convicted Tuesday on charges brought after investigators found he violated that agreement and continued to benefit from Medicare and Medicaid, prosecutors said.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or mhasch@tribweb.com.

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