Gynecologist Found Guilty of Fraud and Performing Unnecessary Surgeries
A Virginia obstetrician-gynecologist accused of performing unnecessary surgeries and procedures on his female patients was found guilty Monday on 52 felony fraud charges.
“The maximum possible sentence Dr. Javaid Perwaiz faces is 465 years in prison, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Sentencing was set for March 31,” the Virginia-Pilotreported.
However, Perwaiz was acquitted of eight other charges.
“Prosecutors said Perwaiz took advantage of his patients’ trust and performed the unneeded surgeries and procedures to fund a lavish lifestyle for himself and give pricey gifts to his employees and others,” the newspaper stated.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Virginia detailed the case in a press release Monday:
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Dr. Javaid Perwaiz, an obstetrician-gynecologist who has practiced in Hampton Roads since the 1980s, executed a scheme to defraud health insurance programs between at least 2010 and 2019. During that period, Perwaiz billed private and governmental insurers millions of dollars for irreversible hysterectomies and other surgeries and procedures that were not medically necessary for his patients. In many instances, Perwaiz would falsely tell his patients that they needed the surgeries to avoid cancer in order to induce them to agree to the surgeries.
“It’s hard to sit in front of someone that has done so many surgeries on you, and that you found out its so many lies that are in your records,” said Perwaiz’s former patient, Dairyail Bishop, who took the stand during the trial.
In court, the doctor’s other former patients testified that they continue to suffer from pain and complications due to their surgeries, according to the Pilot report.
“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,” said Karl Schumann, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office.
“The brave patients and nurses who came forward and testified deserve our gratitude for helping end this horrible scheme. Let this case demonstrate the FBI’s commitment to hold accountable anyone who abuses their position of trust,” he concluded.