HCMC doctor gets 15 years for insurance fraud

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A Ho Chi Minh City court on Wednesday morning sentenced a doctor of a major hospital to 15 years in jail for faking prescriptions worth billions of dong.

Luu To Lan, 43, of the Cho Ray Hospital was tried along with 11 doctors, pharmacists and officers of other hospitals. The accomplices received jail term ranging from 18 months' probation to six years.

Prosecutors of the HCMC prosecution agency previously proposed a 20-year sentence to Lan, the mastermind behind the fraud.

According to the indictment, two years ago Lan had connived with the 11 defendants to collect a number of health insurance cards from workers in HCMC and neighboring provinces.

The gang then made fake documents showing that the health insurance cardholders were admitted to the Cho Ray Hospital for examination and treatment.

The group took advantage of the hospital's policy to give drugs to health insurance card holders free of charge.  They made up to 1,168 prescriptions for fake patients and sold the medicines to outside drug stores.

In the conspiracy, they awarded each cardholder VND300,000-1.4 million.

They themselves earned VND4 billion ($191,000) from selling the medicines, of which Lan pocketed VND1.1 billion.

At the trial, the 12 defendants were ordered to give the money back.

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