Retired Doctor Says Someone Stole His ID, Fraudulently Billed Medicare $18,000 - NBC4 Washington

Retired Doctor Says Someone Stole His ID, Fraudulently Billed Medicare $18,000



    Government Seeks Repayment From Victim of ID Theft

    A retired doctor from Chevy Chase says he’s the victim of identity theft and fraud and he’s being forced to repay a debt he claims he doesn’t owe. He’s hoping for an investigation to clear his name and get his money back. News4's Darcy Spencer reports. (Published Friday, May 17, 2019)

    A retired doctor from Maryland says the government is garnishing his pension because someone stole his identity and fraudulently billed Medicare for thousands of dollars.

    Dr. Jon White was a surgeon with the VA Medical Center for almost 30 years. He said whoever stole his identity claimed to have an office in Dupont Circle and billed Medicare for $18,000.

    There is no medical office at the Dupont Circle address, and now a government collection agency is garnishing his pension monthly until it gets all the money back, White said.

    White sought the help of Chevy Chase Village Police Chief John Fitzgerald.

    “He didn't do anything wrong,” Fitzgerald said. “His money will repay the federal government for someone else's crime.”

    White said he hasn’t been able to learn who received the fraudulent payment or where it was sent.

    He said he has gotten the attention of a fraud investigator with the Office of the Inspector General and hopes there will be an investigation.

    News4 called and emailed the Department of Health and Human Services but did not get a response.

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