Flossmoor doctor charged with fraud
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org May 14, 2013 6:42PM
Updated: June 16, 2013 6:28AM
A doctor who operated Sunrise Medical Center in Flossmoor faces federal health care fraud charges for allegedly engaging in a $1.7 million Medicare and private insurance false billing scheme, authorities said.
Dr. Cecilia Ibrahim, 50, of Frankfort, who practices internal medicine, was one of seven people charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago with engaging in five unrelated health care fraud schemes to defraud the Medicare program and/or private health insurers of about $233 million collectively, officials said.
The indictments were part of an effort by Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in eight cities that resulted in charges against 89 people, including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals.
Ibrahim allegedly submitted more than 3,200 false claims to Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield between March 2006 and August 2009, billing for procedures she did not perform, and caused a loss of at least $300,000 to Medicare and $550,000 to Blue Cross Blue Shield, officials said. The indictment seeks forfeiture of at least $882,500 in alleged fraud proceeds.
Ibrahim could not be reached for comment. A woman who answered the phone at a number listed for Sunrise Medical Center said Ibrahim recently had resigned. The charge against Ibrahim carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or an alternate fine based on the amount lost.