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Doctor gets 8-year sentence for needless stents

An Eastern Shore cardiologist has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for implanting unnecessary heart stents in more than 100 patients.

A jury convicted John McLean in July of six counts of health care fraud.

Federal prosecutors say McLean implanted the unnecessary stents, ordered needless tests and falsified patient records as part of a scheme to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. Prosecutors say the patients had relatively healthy arteries and didn’t need the risky procedure.

Medicare and other insurers were billed nearly $580,000 for the stents, and McLean was ordered to pay that money back. The surgeries were performed at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

McLean was sentenced Thursday to eight years and one month in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

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