Former Iowa psychiatrist pleads guilty to health care fraud

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NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa — A Grinnell, Iowa physician has pleaded guilty in federal court on two counts of health care fraud, says U.S. Attorney Kevin VanderSchel .

Richard Hauser, 66, of North Liberty, submitted claims to Iowa Medicaid and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for a more expensive service than was actually performed in order to receive a profit, according to the plea agreement. Hauser “up coded” these services from November 2011 through December 2012 while working at a clinic in Grinnell called The Hauser Clinic.

Both counts of health care fraud are felonies.

Hauser is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on February 16, 2017.