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Former Virginia doctor Javaid Perwaiz guilty of health-care fraud, performing unnecessary hysterectomies

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By Katie Mettler and Samantha Schmidt
November 9, 2020 at 3:51 p.m. EST
Source: The Washington Post

Javaid Perwaiz, a longtime OB/GYN in Virginia whose arrest last year shocked and confused hundreds of his patients, was convicted Monday of 52 counts related to what prosecutors called his scheme to defraud insurance companies by giving women life-altering hysterectomies and other surgeries they did not need.

Perwaiz, who practiced medicine in the Hampton Roads region for nearly four decades, faces a maximum sentence of 465 years in prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia. The former doctor’s sentencing is scheduled for March 31. His attorneys did not respond to a request for comment.

“Doctors are in positions of authority and trust and take an oath to do no harm to their patients,” Karl Schumann, acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Norfolk field office, said in a statement. “With unnecessary, invasive medical procedures, Dr. Perwaiz not only caused enduring complications, pain and anxiety to his patients, but he assaulted the most personal part of their lives and even robbed some of their future.”

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Perwaiz, 70, was arrested last fall after an FBI investigation found that since at least 2010, the doctor had been carrying out a health-care fraud scheme that included performing diagnostic procedures with broken equipment and scaring patients into surgery by falsely claiming they had cancer.

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