FAMILY DOCTOR GETS 4-YRS IN PRISON FOR BIGGEST BILLING FRAUD IN ALBERTA HISTORY

Nov 18, 2022

By Bob Komsic

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A 35-year-old Edmonton family physician has received four years in prison for what’s described as the largest billing fraud ever in Alberta.
Dr. Yifei Shi billed a total of $1.38-million in 2016.
According to an agreed statement of facts, $827,077 of that was fraudulent, as Shi claimed fake billings for non-existent psychiatric counselling and treatment for hundreds of patients.
”She would bill for psychiatric counselling on almost every patients she saw,” according to the document.
When the now 35-year-old was charged in April last year, it was alleged she had over-billed the government up to $4.1-million in a scheme that went back to 2013.
Shi only admitted to committing fraud in 2016.
”She committed fraud on a daily basis, often multiple times a day, over the course of a year,” according to the Crown prosecutor.
”The only reason she did it was greed.”
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