Seattle doctor accused of submitting bogus Medicare claims ordered to pay back nearly $57,000


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FARGO, North Dakota — A federal judge in North Dakota has ordered a Seattle doctor accused of turning in phony Medicare claims to pay back nearly $57,000.

John C. Chen pleaded guilty in North Dakota to unlawful possession of an identification feature. The case was tried in North Dakota because Fargo-based Noridian Healthcare Solutions LLC processes and pays Medicare Part B claims in Washington state.

Authorities say some of Chen's bogus claims included nursing home visits when he was out of the country.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson sentenced Chen to one year of probation and ordered him to pay restitution of more than $56,642.52 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which he satisfied as part of $150,000 civil settlement in Washington state.

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