Local Doctor 1 Of 24 Charged In Medicare Fraud Scheme

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NEWARK – A Toms River doctor was one of seven from New Jersey charged in one of the largest health care fraud schemes investigated by the FBI and other federal authorities.

Twenty-four defendants were charged in all.

Dr. Joseph DeCorso allegedly conspired to commit $13 million health care fraud and wrote medically unnecessary orders for durable medical equipment companies while working for two telemedicine companies, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey. The doctor in many cases did not speak with the patients.

DeCorso was incorrectly identified as “DeCoroso” in the press release sent out by the federal government, confirmed by U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Peter Carr Thursday afternoon.

The defendants—CEOs and COOs of five telemedicine companies, owners of durable medical equipment companies, and three licensed medical professionals—are involved in more than a billion-dollar loss in Medicare fraud.