NRI doctor arrested for taking kickbacks in US

Neil Sharma, 34, of Lemont, Illinois, the medical director of a health care company has been arrested on charges of taking a kickback of $2,500 in cash from an individual in return for referring Medicaid and Medicare patients to him for medical treatment.

According to federal charges in 2015 Sharma offered an individual who owns a company an additional 500 patients and he also offered to refer to the company Medicaid and Medicare patients in two new programs another company planned to implement. In exchange Sharma wanted immediate cash payments and additional cash payments every month after, for an unidentified length of time.

He planned to conceal the payments received.

According to prosecutors Sharma faces a maximum potential penalty of up to 5 years in prison, a fine of upto $25,000 and full restitution.

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