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Indian-American Sikh doc jailed for $3-million healthcare fraud

world Updated: Apr 24, 2016 23:36 IST
Paramjit Ajrawat

Paramjit Singh Ajrawat(Photo credits-Facebook)

A 60-year-old Indian-American Sikh physician and a well-known supporter of the Khalistan movement has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a USD 3-million (around Rs 20 crore) healthcare fraud scheme in the US in which he filed claims for procedures that were never performed.

Paramjit Singh Ajrawat was ordered to forfeit and pay restitution of USD 3 million in federal court in Greenbelt. The US attorney’s office said in a news release that Paramjit and his wife, Sukhveen Kaur Ajrawat, owned and operated Washington Pain Management Center in Greenbelt.

In September 2015, a federal jury convicted Paramjit and his 57-year-old wife. His wife died on February 1, and the charges against her were dismissed.

During trial, evidence was presented that showed how the couple defrauded federal health benefit programmes, including Medicare and Medicaid. The defrauding efforts happened from January 2011 to May 2014.

They were convicted in September of numerous offences, including healthcare and wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and aggravated identity theft.

At the peak of the Khalistan movement, Paramjit was blacklisted by the Indian government. In May 2011, he along with 138 others, including Gurmit Singh Aulakh, president of the Council of Khalistan, were removed from the blacklist, which prevents their entry into India.