A former Virginia Ob/gyn has been sentenced to 59 years in federal prison for scheming more than 25 patients into having unnecessary procedures. The procedures, which included irreversible hysterectomies, generated more than $20 million in fraudulent billing.
Javaid Perwaiz, 71, was convicted by a jury in November for 52 counts of healthcare fraud and other charges. Prosecutors said he performed irreversible hysterectomies, improper sterilizations, and many other medically unnecessary surgeries on patients for over a decade.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of one’s uterus. The cervix, ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and other surrounding tissues may also be removed during this procedure. “This [was] an overwhelming amount of fraud at every point. It was done for greed and to enhance your lavish lifestyle and you have shown no remorse,” said Judge Rebecca Smith, of the U.S. Eastern District Court of Virginia, to Perwaiz.
According to the Justice Department, the former doctor, who had worked in Hampton Roads since the 1980s, would frequently notify his patients that they required procedures because they had cancer or were at risk of getting cancer in an attempt to coerce them into paying for surgical procedures. Perwaiz allegedly filed at least $21 million in bogus claims for hysteroscopies, colposcopies, vaginal and abdominal hysterectomies, dilatation and curettage (D&Cs), lysis of adhesions, salpingo-oophorectomies, myomectomies, and cystectomies, according to federal authorities. Prosecutors said, on multiple occasions, he even convinced his pregnant patients to induce labor early.
Prosecutors also claimed that Perwaiz billed insurance companies for hundreds of thousands of dollars in diagnostic procedures that he pretended to conduct at his clinic. Additionally, he frequently violated Medicaid’s 30-day waiting period for elective sterilization, by fabricating dates on paperwork.
Perwaiz owned at least four Mercedes Benz cars and a Bentley automobile, multiple properties, gold, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. The physician’s attorney says Perwaiz maintains his innocence and will proceed with the appeal process.
“Motivated by his insatiable and reprehensible greed, Perwaiz used an arsenal of horrifying tactics to manipulate and deceive patients into undergoing invasive, unnecessary, and devastating medical procedures,” said Raj Parekh, the acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in a statement.
Parekh said the “fraudulent and destructive surgeries caused irreversible damage to the victims,” including rendering them sterile “by using fear to remove organs from their bodies that he had no right to take.”
“These fraudulent and destructive surgeries caused irreversible damage to the victims. In many instances, the defendant shattered their ability to have children by using fear to remove organs from their bodies that he had no right to take. Despite having to endure immeasurable physical and emotional pain, the victims showed resilience, strength, and courage by speaking out and sharing their stories to hold the defendant accountable for his heinous crimes. While no prosecution can undo the lifelong trauma that Perwaiz cruelly inflicted on his patients, today’s sentence ensures that the victims and their families have the last word.”