HOUSTON – A former Montgomery County doctor
was sentenced to serve seven years in prison for his role in
fraudulently billing health care programs for at least $5 million.
Rezik Saqer, 66, had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud on July 2, 2019.
investigation began in September 2015 when one of Saqer’s patients
drove while impaired on a prescription medication wrongly given to him,
according to prosecutors. The patient struck and killed a family on
Highway 105 in Conroe as they headed home from church, prosecutors said.
The family of four, including a 6-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl,
were all killed in the crash, according to prosecutors.
patient involved was prosecuted and convicted of intoxication
manslaughter. During the prosecution, the patient revealed that Saqer’s
practice of writing unlawful prescriptions, and those allegations led to
the state charges against Saqer, prosecutors said.
revealed at the federal sentencing hearing that Saqer’s health care
fraud scheme involved having the patient submit unnecessary and
dangerous procedures and tests, prosecutors claimed. Those procedures
were conducted by Saqer’s unlicensed staff and fraudulently billed to
health care providers as having been provided by him, prosecutors said.
It was discovered the doctor’s scheme contributed to several overdose deaths, according to prosecutors.
In addition to Saqer’s sentence, he is also ordered to pay $5 million in restitution.