Virginia gynecologist, 70, is facing 465 YEARS in jail for unnecessary surgeries on women
Javaid Perwaiz’s list of unnecessary surgeries including hysterectomies – as part of massive $4.7M insurance fraud
The gynecologist performed unnecessary surgeries on 173 women, including irreversible hysterectomies and tied fallopian tubes
Other charges include falsifying the records of pregnant patients so he could induce their labor early and billing insurers hundreds of thousands of dollars for diagnostic procedures he never performed
Perwaiz, 70, would falsely tell patients they needed surgery to avoid cancer
He doctor performed the surgeries to fund a lavish lifestyle for himself with the $2.4million he collected from insurance companies
The bachelor doctor spent more than $2.3 million on credit card purchases, a Bentley, Ferrari, two Mercedes, Jaguar, expensive briefcases and sunglasses
He was convicted Monday of 52 counts related to his scheme to defraud health insurance programs by giving women these life-altering hysterectomies and other surgeries they did not need
A veteran gynecologist from the south east of Virginia has been found guilty of submitting false insurance claims after performing what authorities described as unnecessary surgeries on 173 women, including irreversible hysterectomies and tied fallopian tubes.
Javaid Perwaiz, 70, has been convicted of 52 counts relating to his scheme to give women life-altering procedures described by prosecutors as ‘unnecessary’ as as part of a massive $4.7 million medical insurance fraud.
To convince his patients, Perwaiz in many instances would lie that the surgeries were required surgeries to avoid cancer.
‘Dr. Perwaiz preyed upon his trusting patients and committed horrible crimes to feed his greed,’ said George Zachary Terwilliger, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The Chesapeake based doctor, who has practiced medicine for nearly four decades, could face up to 465 years in prison for his scheme to defraud health insurance programs.
The years of incarceration for Perwaiz will be known at sentencing which is scheduled for March 31 next year.
Authorities said the doctor billed private and governmental insurers millions of dollars for irreversible hysterectomies and other procedures that were not medically necessary.
Federal prosecutors said that many of the procedures were unwanted, and that 173 women had come forward since his arrest to report similar experiences, including repetitive surgeries they never asked for.
The defendant who collected over $2.4 million in insurance payments for unneeded procedures, performed the surgeries ‘for his own financial gain’ and to fund a lavish lifestyle for himself and to give expensive gifts to his employees, prosecutos said.
Perwaiz allegedly spent more than $2.3 million on credit card purchases in the last ten years and bought a string of luxury cars including a Bentley, Ferrari, two Mercedes and Jaguar, as well as expensive briefcases and sunglasses.
Gifts for his employees include leather coats, cashmere clothing, watches, handbags and group trips to Las Vegas at Christmas, said Lisa Strong, a former employee who worked with Perwaiz.
Margo Stone, a nurse and office administrator who had a romantic relationship with Perwaiz, told jurors the gifts she and her family received from the doctor was likely several hundred thousand dollars.
Perwaiz would sometimes falsely tell his patients they needed the surgeries to avoid cancer, authorities said.
Several former patients, many who still suffer complications, pain and anxiety as a result of the surgeries, said they had only consented to the procedures because they had trusted doctor Perwaiz.
He also billed insurers hundreds of thousands of dollars for diagnostic procedures he never performed, they added.
‘Doctors are in positions of authority and trust and take an oath to do no harm to their patients,’ said Karl Schumann, Acting Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office.
‘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,’ Schumann added.
Prosecutors also said Perwaiz falsified the records of pregnant patients so he could induce their labor early, prior to the recommended gestational age that minimizes risk to the mother and baby, to ensure he would be reimbursed for the deliveries.
The doctor also violated the 30-day waiting period Medicaid requires for elective sterilizations by submitting backdated forms, according to authorities.
Defense attorney, Lawrence Woodward Jr., described Perwaiz as a talented and hard-working man who was completely dedicated to his practice.
Perwaiz never married, has no children and worked six days a week, Woodward said during the trial, adding that in the last year, his client had received a flood of unsolicited emails from patients who described his ‘fine qualities’ and ‘how he helped them.’
Back him in September 2018, FBI began investigating the Pakistan born doctor who emigrated to the US in 1970s and began practicing in the Tidewater area for nearly four decades. They were following up on a tip from a hospital employee who suspected that some of the surgeries were unnecessary.
Perwaiz was arrested a year later, in November 2019. He’s been held without bond since then.
Perwaiz is no stranger to fraud charges. In 1996, he was sentenced by a federal judge to five years probation and ordered to pay more than $100,000 in fines and restitution after pleading guilty to two counts of tax fraud.
As part of that plea arrangement, prosecutors had dropped four other counts.
Prosecutors presented evidence that Perwaiz repeatedly failed to disclose to insurance companies that he was convicted on felony tax evasion in 1996, or that his privileges at one hospital were temporarily suspended in 1983 because he performed about a dozen unneeded surgeries.