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Medicaid fraud charges land one man behind bars, another in court

Jul 21, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Robert Miller was sentenced Wednesday to four months in jail for fraudulently taking nearly $30,000 from the state's Medicaid program, according to the Washington State Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
 
Miller, formerly of Chehalis, was charged last year with first degree theft and Medicaid false statement because he allegedly submitted forged documents and bills for services that weren't being provided. Miller has fully repaid Medicaid.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit also has charged an Olympia ophthalmologist, Behrouz Pirouzkar with Medicaid fraud.
 
Pirouzkar faces three counts of first degree identity theft, one count of second degree identity theft, medicaid false statement and two counts of first degree theft.

The AGl's Office says that between 2002 and 2008, Pirouzkar billed Medicaid nearly $49,000 for procedures that patients did not receive. He also is accused of using patients and non-patients' Personal Identification Code numbers to bill Medicaid.

The charges were filed in Thurston County Superior Court. Pirouzkar will be arraigned next week.
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