Santa Fe cardiologist pleads not guilty to fraud charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe cardiologist accused of health care fraud and wire fraud has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say 51-year-old Roy G. Heilbron was arraigned in federal court in Albuquerque on a 24-count indictment Wednesday.

He’s been released on his own recognizance.

The indictment alleges that Heilbron executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs by submitting false and fraudulent claims between January 2010 and May 2011.

Heilbron allegedly inserted false symptoms, observations and diagnoses into patients’ medical charts to provide written support for the tests he ordered or performed and submitted claims to health plans for procedures that were never performed.

Prosecutors say Heilbron could face up to 10 years on the health care fraud charges and up to 20 years on the wire fraud charges.

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