Zahid Imran, a Louisiana psychiatrist, was sentenced in federal court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to serve 86 months in prison and to pay $43.5 million in restitution for his role in a $258.5 million Medicare fraud scheme involving partial hospitalization psychiatric services. According to court documents, Dr. Imran served as the medical director of Shifa Community Mental Health Center of Baton Rouge, and co-owned Serenity Center of Baton Rouge and Shifa Community Mental Health Center of Texas. As part of the scheme, Imran admitted mentally ill patients to the facilities, some of whom were inappropriate for partial hospitalization, and then re-certified the patients’ appropriateness for the program in an effort to continue to bill Medicare for services. Imran pleaded guilty on May 13, 2014, to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. DOJ
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