Northern Virginia Dermatologist Indicted for Fraud, Misleading Patients

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    Prosecutors in Dallas say a member of a "swatting" ring that made hoax 911 calls has pleaded guilty to computer-related conspiracy and retaliation counts.

    A dermatologist who owns several clinics across Northern Virginia has been indicted for misleading cancer patients and defrauding healthcare programs.

    Amir Bajoghli, 44, of McLean was indicted Tuesday on 60 counts of health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and obstruction of justice. The indictment spans three years, between 2009 and 2012.

    Among other allegations, Bajoghli was accused of intentionally misdiagnosing patients with skin cancer and performing unnecessary, expensive treatments.

    Bajoghli is the owner of the Skin & Laser Surgery Center, which operates offices in Stafford, Woodbridge and Vienna, as well as other locations across Virginia and D.C.

    He was also charged with allowing unqualified assistants to perform complicated procedures related to wound care, and with directing staff to improperly dispose of medical waste.

    The indictment mentioned multiple instances of Bajoghli billing healthcare benefit programs for services which were not performed. It is also alleged he billed those programs for biopsy reports which he paid other professionals to prepare for him.

    He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for each count of health care fraud, a 2-year consecutive sentence for each count of aggravated identity theft, and a maximum 20-year sentence for obstruction of justice.