Anchorage psychiatrist charged with fraud

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Anchorage psychiatrist charged with fraud
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 39-year-old Anchorage psychiatrist is accused of billing Medicaid more than $300,000 for services never provided.

Reports say Shubhranjan Ghosh is charged by the state with medical assistance fraud, scheme to defraud and evidence tampering. Ghosh is the founder and sole practitioner at Ghosh Psychiatric Services.

He was arrested Tuesday. His arrest comes after a string of unrelated charges connected to Medicaid in what the state calls a continuing crackdown on billing fraud.

The Alaska Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has charge 77 people with Medicaid fraud, abuse or neglect since October 2012.

Assistant attorney general Andrew Peterson says that compares to about 30 people the decade before.

Charging documents say the Ghosh investigation began in September 2013.

It's unclear if Ghosh has an attorney.