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Burr Ridge doctor charged with taking kickbacks for referrals

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 2:12 p.m. CDT

BURR RIDGE – Dr. Nalini Ahluwalia of Burr Ridge has been charged with one count of violating the anti-kickback law for allegedly receiving $1,000 in exchange for referring two patients to a home health care agency in August 2012.

Ahluwalia, 58, was charged in a complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. She will be ordered to appear in court on a date to be determined.

According to the complaint, a confidential informant, who worked at a home healthcare company in Chicago, told agents that the informant had previously paid kickbacks to Ahluwalia of $400 to $500 per patient in exchange for her referral of Medicare patients to the home healthcare company.

On Aug. 23, 2012, at the direction of agents, the informant met with Ahluwalia at the doctor's office in Chicago and paid her $1,000 for the two Medicare patient referrals in an exchange that was reflected on an audio/video recording, according to the affidavit.

In October 2012 and February 2013, the informant allegedly made two additional $500 payments to Ahluwalia in exchange for Medicare patient referrals.

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