Convicted Doctor Received Civil Judgment of over $1 million for Health Care Fraud

Convicted Doctor Received Civil Judgment of over $1 million for Health Care Fraud

A full civil judgment for $1,223,414.50 was obtained against Tariq Mahmood, who owned and operated multiple rural hospitals across Texas.

In July 2014, a jury found Tariq Mahmood, of Cedar Hill, Texas, guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud, and seven counts of aggravated identity theft following a four-day trial.  A federal grand jury indicted Mahmood on April 11, 2013.

Following his conviction, the United States brought a False Claims Act action against Mahmood in the Eastern District of Texas captioned United States of America v. Tariq Mahmood, Case Number 6:15-cv-948.  The Government alleged in its Motion for Summary Judgment that Mahmood was estopped from denying liability under the False Claims Act as a result of his criminal health care fraud and conspiracy convictions.

In the Court’s Final Judgment dated Oct. 28, 2016, U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell ordered Mahmood to pay the United States $1,223,414.50.  The amount owed to the United States includes $288,414.50 in damages plus an additional $935,000.00 in civil penalties arising from the submission of 85 false claims.  The Court awarded the United States the highest applicable civil penalty for each false claim Mahmood caused to be submitted to Medicare and Medicaid.