Virginia Doctor Charged With Fraud Over Unnecessary Procedures

A Virginia doctor has landed in jail after being accused of performing unnecessary procedures on his patients. Javaid Perwaiz, a 69-year-old obstetrician and gynecologist, has been charged with one count of health care fraud and making false statements relating to health care matters in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He’s currently being held without bond at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Virginia.

Federal prosecutors said that the unnecessary surgeries were part of a plan to defraud health care insurers. Perwaiz persuaded Medicaid recipients to undergo operations they didn’t need, to the point where some of them were having the surgery every year. Between January 2014 and August 2018, the doctor reportedly operated on 40 percent of his Medicaid beneficiaries, for a total of 510 patients. Of those, roughly 42 percent had at least two surgeries.

According to the complaint, some of the patients didn’t even know what procedures were being performed. He has been accused of tying one patient’s fallopian tubes without her consent or knowledge and performing an unwanted hysterectomy in another case. In the hysterectomy case, the doctor perforated the patient’s bladder during the procedure. She developed sepsis and was hospitalized for six days.

The investigation into Perwaiz began in September 2018. The F.B.I. received a tip from a hospital employee who suspected that he was performing unnecessary surgeries on unsuspecting patients. Federal officials now say that he has been falsifying medical records since at least 2010 in his scheme to defraud Medicaid and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program.

According to the website for Perwaiz’s medical practice, he has two offices in the Chesapeake region, where he has practiced for more than 30 years. He is also affiliated with Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, in Portsmouth, Va., and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, in Chesapeake, Va. Perwaiz has had a medical license since at least 1980 after attending medical school in Pakistan and completing a residency at Charleston Area Medical Center.