A North Dakota chiropractor has been sentenced after pleading guilty to Class A felony insurance fraud following an investigation conducted by the North Dakota Insurance Department.
Dr. Sheryar Masud of Williston was sentenced in Cass County District Court after admitting he had billed Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) for approximately 66 days of face-to-face patient care in excess of 24 hours per day. BCBSND then paid Masud more than $365,000 for the claims.
After the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office successfully prosecuted the case, Masud served 10 days in jail and 180 days with an ankle monitor, was placed on one year of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution by Judge Tom Olson.
Insurance fraud costs consumers in the United States between $80-120 billion each year, equaling about $950 per family annually, the department said.
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