Dr. Neelesh Patel, DC through his lawyers, Steven A. Miller and Denise M. Ware of Reed Smith, LLP, announced today that a Deferred Prosecution Agreement has been entered between Dr. Patel and the United States Attorneys’ Office — effectively ending his criminal prosecution more than two years after charges were brought against him. On August 31, 2011, Dr. Patel was indicted along with chiropractors Brad Mattson and Steven Paul on charges of health care fraud. According to the indictment, Mattson, Paul, and Dr. Patel billed millions to private health care insurance companies by ordering medically unnecessary tests and billing for services not rendered. Mattson entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 78 months in prison. Paul entered a guilty plea and his Preliminary Sentencing Guideline Range is 63-78 months, subject to any reduction by the district court and resolution of his objections. Dr. Patel, on the other hand, pleaded not guilty and defended the charges. After two years of analysis, Reed Smith made a presentation to the United States Attorneys Office, which shortly thereafter concluded that further efforts to convict Dr. Patel should be discontinued. Assuming his compliance with the terms of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement, all charges will be dismissed in approximately twelve months.
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