Wise Psychiatrist, Uzma Ehtesham Sentenced For Federal Health Care Fraud
ABINGDON, VA (STL.News) Uzma Ehtesham, a Wise, Virginia psychiatrist who defrauded Virginia Medicaid and Medicare by fraudulently billing these programs for services not performed, was sentenced yesterday to two years’ probation, six months of which must be spent on home detention, Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced today.
Ehtesham, 52, pleaded guilty in November 2020 to a one-count Information charging her with health care fraud.
“Eradicating health care fraud remains a top priority for this office,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bubar today. “When people like Ehtesham’s steal from our state and federal programs, they divert funds from the most vulnerable in our communities. We will continue to work closely with the local, state, and federal law enforcement partners whose good work brought Ehtesham to justice.”
“Health care providers and other individuals who defraud our health care system just to line their own pockets are not only stealing from Medicaid and Medicare, but they are also stealing from taxpayers and they must be held accountable,” said Attorney General Herring. “I want to thank our state and federal partners for their cooperation on this case, as well as my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for their hard work and dedication.”
According to court documents, from 2010 to 2016, Ehtesham devised a scheme to defraud Virginia Medicaid and Medicare by billing for individual office visits when she often saw patients in groups.