Colorado Doctor Convicted Of Health Care Fraud and Obstruction of Justice. Admitted Shredding Patient Charts During the Investigation.

A recent health care fraud trial focused on patients' insurance being billed for procedures not performed or with extensive patterns of upcoding as well as obstruction of justice for shredding charts during the investigation. On April 18, 2019, Dr. John Van Wu of Golden, Colorado was found guilty of mail fraud and obstruction of justice charges by a jury. The federal jury trial lasted one week before U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson.  According to court records and argument at trial, Dr. Wu operated a medical clinic at locations in west Denver between January 2011 and March 2015.  During that time period the government alleged that he billed employee benefit programs and insurers for services that were never actually rendered and not medically necessary.  The obstruction charge arose from when he responded to a grand jury subpoena asking for patient files.  During the trial, over a dozen of the doctor’s former patients…

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