NEW ORLEANS DOCTOR SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS, 3 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR HEALTH CARE FRAUD VIOLATIONS
January 14, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARIA CARMEN PALAZZO, MD, PHD, MMM, age 57, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced by U. S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to eighty-seven (87) months imprisonment for 39 counts of health care fraud, announced U. S Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Lemmon imposed restitution in the amount of $655,260.97 to the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and three (3) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment. During the three year term the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should she violate any terms of her supervised release.
New release HERE
What the news release fails to mention is that PALAZZO, was a clinical investigator for SmithKline Beecham. Here is the original indictment from the Federal Bureau of Investigation:
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
United States Attorney Jim Letten
Eastern District of Louisiana
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2007
CONTACT: KATHY ENGLISH
PHONE: (504) 680-3068
FAX: (504) 589-4978
LOCAL PSYCHIATRIST INDICTED FOR FRAUD ASSOCIATED WITH MENTALLY ILL PATIENTS AND CHILDREN IN CLINICAL TRIALS
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DR. MARIA CARMEN PALAZZO, age 55, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged in a 55-count superseding indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for health care fraud and false documentation associated with a clinical trial of Paxil in children and adolescents, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
The indictment alleges that during approximately a five-year period, DR. PALAZZO defrauded Medicare in connection with services she claimed to have rendered to patients in a Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program at Touro Infirmary. The indictment also charges that DR. PALAZZO defrauded Medicare by submitting false and fraudulent invoices to Touro Infirmary for consulting and medical director services. It is also alleged that as a result of the fraud, Medicare paid PALAZZO over $653,000 she was not entitled to receive.
DR. PALAZZO, who specializes in psychiatry, is also charged with offenses relating to clinical trials involving Paxil. The indictment charges that PALAZZO, as a clinical investigator for SmithKline Beecham d/b/a GlaxoSmithKline, fraudulently failed to maintain and prepare records required by the FDA for evaluation Paxil’s safety and effectiveness in children and adolescents.
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