Dr. Harry Persaud, in speaking to the judge before learning his fate, was defiant and maintained that he did not willingly hurt anybody. In more than 35 minutes of remarks, he said he can explain exactly why he took the steps he did with each patient.
"Differently doesn't mean incorrect," Persaud said, "and what's the impetus for me to change if I'm getting good results?"
U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent was not swayed, though, and noted that panels of doctors "found you didn't perform as well as you thought you did."
Persaud, 56, performed dozens of unnecessary stent insertions, catheterizations and tests, and caused unnecessary coronary artery bypass surgeries to be performed as part of a scheme to overbill Medicare and other insurers for $29 million. He received about $5.7 million worth of payouts.
Back-sassin' the judge?