Orthopedic surgeon sentenced in $31M fraud scheme


Lawrence Alexander, MD, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for his role in a $31 million Medicare fraud scheme, the U.S. Justice Department said April 20.

Dr. Alexander was previously convicted of false statements related to healthcare matters. Chiropractor Dean Zusmer was convicted of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, healthcare fraud, conspiracy to pay kickbacks, paying kickbacks and submitting false statements.

Mr. Zusmer's co-conspirator and Dr. Alexander owned a durable medical equipment companies that billed more than $31 million for medically unnecessary products to Medicare, the Justice Department said. 

Mr. Zusmer was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison, along with a $1.4 million restitution fine.

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