Edmond woman allegedly defrauds millions from health care system

Posted on: 4:54 pm, May 2, 2012, by , updated on: 06:24pm, May 2, 2012


EDMOND, Okla. – Over-billed by millions of dollars. An Edmond woman and her son are facing a federal indictment for allegedly bilking the federal government on health care claims.

The alleged financial abuse spanned several years.

The mother worked as an office manager and part owner at a now-closed Oklahoma City health care clinic.

A federal indictment claims the woman and her son defrauded taxpayers by submitting numerous fraudulent claims for patient treatment they never performed.

The fraud stems from legitimate on the job injuries suffered by United States Postal Workers.

The federal indictment claims 51-year-old Farideh Heidarpour used those legitimate worker’s compensation claims to illegally profit from the federal government.

For example, the indictment details how Heidarpour would allegedly submit “duplicate or multiple billings for the same service.”

The woman is accused of occasionally filing “multiple claims for each injured body part.”

The government also claims the woman, “Changed the date of a patient’s evaluation to make it appear that multiple evaluations had been performed on different dates.”

In all, the fraudulent claims totaled a staggering $4.6 million.

“I think taxpayers should be outraged,” Stuart Jolly said, with the local taxpayer watchdog group, Americans for Prosperity.

Jolly hopes the legal system holds the suspects accountable for the loss but also wonders if increased oversight and openness of government spending would have stopped the alleged abuse earlier.

“We call for more transparency and openness in these kind of things. We see what happens when human nature takes over and greed steps in,” Jolly said.

The woman remains free on a $100,000 bond.

Her son lives in Virginia but is also charged with conspiracy to commit the fraud.