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Salisbury cardiologist indicted for alleged health care fraud

A Salisbury cardiologist who allegedly implanted unnecessary stents in the arteries of his patients has been indicted on health care fraud charges.

Dr. John McLean is not charged with a crime for the actual surgeries he performed but for the alleged fraud that went along with them. Federal prosecutors say McLean submitted insurance claims for the unnecessary stents, ordered needless tests and falsified patients’ medical records.

According to the indictment, McLean recorded in patients’ records that their coronary arteries were 70 percent blocked when they were not. Patients must have a 70 percent blockage before stents are considered medically necessary.

McLean is also facing a lawsuit filed by more than a dozen of his patients. His attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.

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