Dr. Ranjit Kumar Chandra found guilty of ripping off $2M from OHIP

By 18th December 2017 0 Comments


TORONTO — Former Order of Canada recipient Dr. Ranjit Kumar Chandra was found guilty of unprofessional, disgraceful and dishonourable conduct for bilking OHIP out of more than $2 million, a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario disciplinary panel decided.

Chandra, 79, who now lives in India, was tried in absentia and no longer practises in Ontario. His penalty hearing will take place Thursday.

The disciplinary panel hasn’t released its reasons for the guilty judgment.

Chandra — who presented a letter denying all allegations — billed almost $200,000 while he was in Europe, the Middle East or India, the hearing was told earlier.

College prosecutor Elisabeth Widner said Chandra‘s passport and other documents placed him in India, Zurich, London or the United Arab Emirates while he continued to fleece taxpayers for $197,000 through his false billings scheme.

“He targeted OHIP in a calculated fraud in which he used and induced patients and staff members by furnishing them with money and cheques for improper use in a billing scheme,” said Widner.

“There was little to no medical services provided for the $2 million-plus paid to, in Chandra‘s words, ‘leaders’ and ‘extras,’” she said. More than half of the fraudulent billing was for patients without medical charts.

Chandra recruited and paid “leaders” extra to bring in additional OHIP card numbers — called “extras” — from relatives and co-workers to magnify the doctor’s illicit profits, the panel heard.

The once-renowned allergist lured patients and staffers to provide their OHIP numbers — and those of relatives and friends — in exchange for monthly payouts so that Chandra could keep billing these cards for services on patients he seldom or never treated from 2012 through early 2016, the panel heard.

He’s also wanted for criminal fraud over $5,000 for alleged conduct similar to what he was accused of in this hearing.

The case was broken open by a single mom in Brampton who was propositioned by Chandra during a treatment for hives in March 2016, said Widner.

“She was offered $500-$800 a month. She refused to play a role in his system. Instead, she was shocked and looked up his physician number and reported him to the college,” said Widner.

Via The Toronto Sun




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