N.J. attorney general alleges cardiologist double-billed insurance companies

Roger Coletti, MD, a cardiologist from Wyckoff, N.J., was indicted on Feb. 3 for allegedly double-billing insurance companies more than $600,000. A state grand jury charged Coletti with nine counts of healthcare fraud, one count of second-degree insurance fraud and one count of second-degree attempted theft.

New Jersey’s acting attorney general, John J. Hoffman, and the state’s Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor announced the indictment in a news release.

For eight months beginning in December 2010, Coletti, 69, allegedly filed fraudulent bills to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and UnitedHealthcare. Between April 2006 and October 2011, he allegedly submitted fraudulent claims to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, UnitedHealthcare and Aetna Insurance Company.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield referred the case to prosecutors, according to the news release, which mentioned that the indictment is an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The indictment alleges that Coletti filed multiple claims for the same service to three facilities he owned: North American Diagnostics, Interventional Cardiovascular Associates and Bergen Medical Images.

“Doctors who file false claims undermine the integrity of the health care claims process, a system that depends on the trustworthiness of the licensed professionals,” Hoffman said in a news release. “Breaking the law in the name of greed is as egregious as it gets for a health care provider.”