California doctor pleads guilty in birth control fraud case

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 24, 2015 at 2:21 p.m.

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Central California doctor is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud stemming from allegations that he used unapproved birth control devices.

Prosecutors say 55-year-old Paul Singh, of Tehachapi, inserted cheaper, non-government approved intrauterine devices into numerous female patients between 2008 and 2012, but fraudulently billed them and their insurance companies as if he had used the device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

He entered the guilty plea on Monday and is scheduled to be sentenced in November. He also faces a fine of up to $250,000.

Prosecutors say non-FDA approved IUDs can pose an increased safety risk to patients.

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