LA doctor charged with $33 million Medicare fraud

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A Los Angeles doctor has been charged with helping bilk Medicare out of more than $33 million by charging for unnecessary services and medical equipment.

Federal prosecutors say Dr. Robert Glazer was indicted Tuesday for conspiracy. Calls to his Santa Monica Boulevard office weren't answered.

Prosecutors contend that from about January 2006 through May of this year, Glazer billed Medicare for services that were unnecessary and sometimes weren't even provided to patients.

Authorities say he also made out phony prescriptions and other medical documents for hospice services, power wheelchairs and other goods and services. These allegedly were sold to medical companies and suppliers so they could be submitted to Medicare.

Court documents indicate the phony claims totaled nearly $33.5 million and Medicare paid out about $22 million on them.

—By The Associated Press