US Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas, Jan. 3, 2023

HOUSTON – A 39-year-old Cypress man has agreed to pay to resolve allegations he submitted false claims for the placement of electro-acupuncture devices, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Dr. Amr El-Khashab is a podiatrist who practices in Cypress and whom podiatrist Dr. Judith Rubin previously employed. From March 1, 2018, to Nov. 30, 2019, El-Khashab and Rubin billed Medicare for the surgical implantation of neurostimulator electrodes. These are invasive procedures usually requiring use of an operating room. Medicare pays thousands of dollars per procedure.

However, neither Rubin nor El-Khashab performed these surgical procedures. Instead, patients received devices used for electro-acupuncture, which only involves inserting needles into patients’ ears and taping the neurostimulator behind them with an adhesive.

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