Doctor pleads guilty in insurance fraud

CRIME WATCH

January 26, 2007|By Matthew Dolan

A Catonsville doctor pleaded guilty yesterday to health care insurance fraud in federal court in Baltimore.

According to the plea agreement presented in U.S. District Court, prosecutors said that Albert Gerald Little, 61, who had medical offices in Pikesville and Owings Mills, operated a scheme to defraud health care benefit programs.

His attorney, Joshua Treem, did not return a phone call yesterday.

Little submitted health care claims for nonexistent or fraudulent health care services, according to prosecutors. Also, Little submitted improper claims for re- imbursing the cost of prescription medications by saying the drugs were for fictitious patients, authorities said.

Little obtained controlled drugs, including morphine, by keeping pills that were allegedly prescribed to his patients, according to the prosecutors' account in court papers.

According to state records, Little's license to practice medicine was not renewed after it expired in 2005. Little faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison when Judge Catherine C. Blake sentences him. The hearing is scheduled for April 20.

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