Doctor faces federal health care fraud charges

2013-06-20T20:30:00Z 2013-06-21T00:15:25Z Doctor faces federal health care fraud chargesElvia Malagon, (219) 933-3246

HAMMOND | A doctor who practices in Illinois and Indiana was indicted Thursday on federal health care fraud charges, according to court records.

Subir Maitra is accused of inflating bills by charging patients for tests or studies he did not perform from 2006 to 2009, according to a federal indictment. He transported patients on buses from Chicago to Northwest Indiana medical centers, where he would perform urological surgeries, the indictment stated.

Some patients were billed $515 for a cystometrogram test that was never performed, according to court records. The procedure is meant to analysis a person's bladder and urine, according to the University of Michigan Health System's website.

The medical centers Maitra worked out of were the Hind Hospital in Hobart and the Lakeside Surgery Center in East Chicago.

According to the indictment, most of the patients spoke little English and had private health insurance.

Maitra's office was at the Little Village MRI and Medical Center in Chicago. An employee at the office said Thursday afternoon Maitra retired in May and no longer works there.

According to WebMD's website, Maitra has practiced medicine for 47 years and specializes in urology. He graduated in 1966 from the University of Calcutta in India.

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