by: Ashley Swann Updated:CONYERS, Ga. —
Channel 2 Action News heard from a former patient of a Rockdale County doctor sources say is suspected of possible insurance fraud.
Channel 2’s Ashley Swann spent the day at the practice on Milstead Road in Conyers where federal agents executed a search warrant.
While many patients who showed up for appointments told Swann they were shocked to see FBI agents at the ophthalmology office, the former patient – a woman who asked not to be identified – told Swann she was not.
“There have been suspicions about her for a long time,” she said.
The woman works in the medical field in Conyers and was once a patient of Ophthalmologist Dr. Arti Pandya herself.
She cut the relationship short due to several business practices she says raised a red flag.
“She was charging for samples she was giving out,” she told Swann. “She kept having me come back every couple weeks: another copay, another copay.”
On Friday, federal agents executed a search warrant at Pandya’s office for what a source describes to Channel 2 Action News as possible Medicaid and Medicare insurance fraud.
“I’m glad that they are investigating,” said the woman.
Swann spoke with patient after patient who showed up for regular appointments and were stunned to find the investigation underway.
“I didn’t know. I was shocked,” Lillian Howard told Swann.
“There’s never been any indication that there was any malfeasance or anything in there,” said another.
But as investigators hauled box after box of possible evidence away, the former patient told Swann she’s only feeling relief.
“I hope that the truth comes out and I really think that they are going to find a lot of things that are going on there,” she said.
Swann tried but was not able to reach Pandya for comment. At this time, no charges have been filed.