For Immediate Release - September 18, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office Announces the Arraignment of a Dudley Man and Holden Doctor in Connection with Insurance Fraud Scheme

WORCESTER - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announces the arraignment of two men on charges they schemed to commit insurance fraud and submitted false health care claims while operating a medical facility. Alan Perl, age 63, of Dudley, and Lalit Savla, M.D., age 71, of Holden, were each charged with Insurance Fraud (19 counts), Larceny Over $250 (5 counts), Filing False Health Care Claim (3 counts), and Larceny Under $250. Perl was also charged with Unauthorized Practice of Medicine.

The Attorney General's Office began an investigation into Perl and Savla's alleged activities in March 2009, after a referral was made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). According to authorities, on diverse dates between December 2006 and October 2008, Perl and Savla perpetrated a scheme in which they fraudulently billed insurance companies for treatment administered by unlicensed and untrained individuals at the Injuries Treatment Center (ITC), a Worcester-based physical medicine, rehabilitation and treatment facility owned and operated by Perl.

Authorities allege that Perl, an unlicensed doctor since 1998, billed various insurance companies for his services as if he was a licensed physician and fraudulently billed companies for treatment administered by unlicensed individuals. Further investigation found that on relevant dates between December 2006 through February 2007, January 2008, and October 2008, Perl allegedly billed six different insurance companies and two health care plans through ITC fraudulently claiming that Savla treated 20 patients. Authorities allege that during these three time periods Perl, who worked under the supervision of Savla, examined and administered treatment to patients despite his revoked medical license.

According to authorities, based on the total amount ITC billed insurance companies as a result of this scheme, Perl and Savla allegedly committed insurance fraud in the amount of $80,574.

A Worcester County Grand Jury returned indictments against Perl and Savla on August 7, 2009. Today, Perl and Savla were arraigned in Worcester Superior Court at which time both defendants entered individual pleas of not guilty and were released on personal recognizance. Perl and Savla are due back in court on November 16, 2009, for a pre-trial conference. Worcester Superior Court Judge Peter Agnes presided over the arraignment.

The prosecutors assigned to this case are Assistant Attorneys General Margret Cooke and Stephen Adams of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division with assistance from investigators from the Attorney General's Office, FBI, Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts, and Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.