Chicago Surgeon Convicted Of Falsifying Medical Records
Press Release from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, May 17,2012.*
Dr. John Natale, a Chicago area vascular and thoracic surgeon, was convicted of two federal felony counts for making false statements in reports relating to health care
benefits and services following a week-long trial in U.S. District Court. A jury deliberated several hours yesterday afternoon before convicting Natale of two counts of making false statements and acquitting him of two counts of health care fraud and one count of mail fraud for allegedly defrauding Medicare, federal law enforcement officials announced today.
Natale, 63, of South Barrington, remains free on his own recognizance while awaiting sentencing, which U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer scheduled for Aug. 15. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the two counts.
Natale specializes in repairing abdominal aortic aneurysms, which is a weakening of the artery, and … (Continued...)