Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Calif. Doc Gets 10-Year Sentence for Scheme

A Southern California doctor received a sentence of 10 years in federal prison this week for reportedly billing health insurance companies more than $9 million in unnecessary surgical procedures.

William Hampton, 53, of Cypress will also have to pay nearly $2.5 million in restitution to defrauded health insurance companies.

Hampton was convicted last November of health care fraud. He reportedly performed more than 400 unnecessary procedures at a number of medical clinics and turned in fraudulent bills to insurance companies.

Hampton was acquitted by a jury on a separate fraud count. The jury also deadlocked on nine other charges, which prosecutors later dismissed.

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