CHESAPEAKE, Va. - New charges have been filed against a Chesapeake doctor accused of doing unnecessary gynecological surgeries on women in Hampton Roads.
69-year-old Javid Perwaiz is being held in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail. He has now been charged with 11 felonies including health care fraud, false statements related to health care matters and aggravated identify theft.
Federal authorities allege that he performed hysterectomies, dilation & curettages, removal of ovaries and Fallopian tubes and others surgeries on unsuspecting patients and submitted materially false, fraudulent and fictitious claims to health care benefit programs, seeking reimbursement for these surgeries.
Authorities allege some surgeries he performed were not medically necessary, were performed without consent and in some cases were not performed at all. They also allege that he submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Sentara Optima and other health care benefit programs.
Court records state that when patients were in his office, he took notes and recorded their complaints and used those complaints as reasons for surgery. However, federal authorities allege that in some case patients never made those complaints.
They said Perwaiz aggressively encouraged patients to consent to irreversible gynecological surgeries by allegedly telling them that they would develop cancer if they did not undergo the surgery.
Documents state he would preform diagnostic procedures in his medical office and use the results of those examinations to justify that a patient undergo surgery very quickly - at times as little as three days later - but they say he often did not perform the dialogistic procedure and did not always have the appropriately-functioning tools to perform the procedure.
Records state some of the patients incurred permanent physical damage and injury.
He is now also facing two aggravated identity theft charges that stem from situations on March 18, 2016, and October 19, 2019.
He is accused of using the identity of another person through their Medicaid Identification number and another person’s Social Security number as part of the alleged health care fraud scheme.
We reached out to Perwaiz’s attorneys, who issued the following statement on Friday:
Dr Perwaiz will plead not guilty to all charges. He denies ever violating the trust of any patient, performing any unnecessary procedure, or committing fraud of any kind. Dr Perwaiz looks forward to addressing all allegations against him in court of law.
He is scheduled to have another bond hearing on December 18 as they are working to try and get him out on bond.