Dr. Vasso Godiali, a vascular surgeon from Michigan, has been charged in connection with a $60 million health care fraud scheme. In addition to these charges, Godiali is also being charged for laundering over $49 million that he profited from the scheme. According to a press release by the Department of Justice, Godiali’s health care fraud scheme revolved around the submission of fraudulent claims for the placement of stents for dialysis patients, as well as arterial blood clot treatments. Through this scheme Godiali was able to manipulate medical billing software to receive higher reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan than his services would normally qualify for. Godiali is also accused of submitting claims for services that he never performed, and for falsifying the complexity of numerous procedures that were performed.
Godiali is also facing charges regarding over $49 million that he allegedly laundered across six corporations using his profits from the health care fraud scheme. These funds were mainly used towards investment accounts which were held at well-known financial institutions. However, Godiali also used these funds to pay property taxes on a residence he owned on Houghton Lake in Michigan.
“This is a large, significant and important prosecution. Health care fraud schemes, such as the one alleged to have been committed by Dr. Godiali, divert millions of dollars from public programs intended to help those in need for the sole purpose of lining the pockets of greedy doctors,” commented United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.