Virginia OB/GYN Found Guilty of Performing Dozens of Unnecessary Hysterectomies on Female Patients
Javaid Perwaiz, 70, faces up to 465 years in prison for his fraudulent multi-million-dollar scheme to bilk insurance companies by performing unneeded, invasive surgeries
A Virginia OB/GYN was convicted Monday of healthcare fraud which involved giving women unnecessary hysterectomies and other surgeries.
A federal jury found Javaid Perwaiz, 70, guilty on 52 counts related to health care fraud for an alleged multi million-dollar scheme to bilk insurance companies by performing unnecessary hysterectomies and other surgeries, including tubal ligations.
“In many instances, Perwaiz would falsely tell his patients that they needed the surgeries to avoid cancer in order to induce them to agree to the surgeries,” according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.
Perwaiz, who pleaded not guilty, faces a maximum of 465 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 31.
“Doctors are in positions of authority and trust and take an oath to do no harm to their patients,” Karl Schumann, acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Norfolk field office, said in a statement. “With unnecessary, invasive medical procedures, Dr. Perwaiz not only caused enduring complications, pain and anxiety to his patients, but he assaulted the most personal part of their lives and even robbed some of their future.”
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According to prosecutors, Perwaiz allegedly induced his pregnant patients early, “prior to the recommended gestational age that minimizes risk to the mother and baby, to ensure he would be able to conduct and be reimbursed for the deliveries,” the press release states.
He also violated the 30-day waiting period Medicaid requires for elective sterilizations by sending in backdated forms and billed insurers hundreds of thousands of dollars for procedures he never did, prosecutors said.
Perwaiz was found not guilty of three counts of health-care fraud, two counts of aggravated identity theft and three counts of making false statements, the Washington Post reported.
At the time of his 2019 arrest, Perwaiz owned two private practices in Chesapeake, the Post reported.
His attorneys could not be reached for comment.