Patients Cheer As Dr. Sultan Gets Probation

Friday, July 7, 2006

Patients of a local psychiatrist who had pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud cheered on Friday afternoon as she was given probation.

Federal Judge Curtis Collier said he did not feel it was necessary for Dr. Gulshan Sultan to do time in federal prison.

But he ordered her to pay a $5,000 fine.

She has already made $3,775 in restitution.

Dr. Sultan, who has offices in Chattanooga, Cleveland and Athens, had been indicted on 19 counts of fraud. She pleaded guilty to a single count.

She faced up to five years in prison.

Officials said on a number of occasions, Dr. Sultan would enter a bill code for a 20-45 minute visit, when those visits were actually five to 10 minutes in length.

TBI investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said the overbilling occurred between May and September 2003.

Her attorney said Dr. Sultan has suffered a number of repercussions, including having Medicaid and insurance payments cut off. She has also lost privileges at area medical facilities.

But he said she feels a responsibility to her patients and has continued to treat them.

A number of them were in the courtroom in support of her. They clapped when she walked out after getting probation.

Dr. Sultan, who grew up in Bangladesh, took turns hugging them in a hallway outside.

She will be on probation for two years.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ANDERSON, JACOB QUINTON  1101 NORMAN CHAPEL ROAD NW CLEVELAND, 37312  Age at Arrest: 21 years old Arresting Agency: Collegedale Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- BEMUS, GREGORY EDWARD  185 MOCKINGBIRD DRIVE DUNLAP, 37327  Age at Arrest: 52 years old Arresting Agency: ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Boy Scouts And Families Place Flags At National Cemetery

Boy Scouts and their families placed flags at the National Cemetery  Saturday  to honor veterans. (click for more)

Silence Ain’t Golden Anymore

There are times – moments – in life that you never forget. That night in 1972, sleeping over at my buddy Bart’s house, was one of them. We had been to a middle school concert and his big brother was in the band (very cool stuff for a 14-year-old!) and as we lay on the floor in our sleeping bags in Bart’s room he said he wanted to play a record that his brother listened to. And, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Prove No Improvement

The startling news that this year’s standardized testing was wasted on graduating seniors across Tennessee is most unsettling. This week it was learned the test results, which were to represent 10 percent of our seniors’ final grades, was a total bust. Coupled with last year’s gargantuan testing failure – the whole effort had to be scrapped -- it is now becoming realized that for ... (click for more)

Lookouts Clobber Biscuits Sunday, 9-2, To Complete Series

The Chattanooga Lookouts bats exploded for nine runs in a 9-2 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits in front of a crowd of 4,527 at AT&T Field. The second place Lookouts trail the Tennessee Smokies by 1 1/2 games. After a scoreless first inning, the Lookouts offense kicked into gear. Outfielder Travis Harrison led off the innings with a double and scored on a double ... (click for more)

Clarke, Lom Score In CFC Win Over Chivas U-23

After playing 75 minutes to a scoreless tie, Chattanooga Football Club's Darwin Lom scored the first goal giving CFC a 1-0 lead.  The second goal came six minutes later when Charlie Clarke headed in a cross to close out the scoring.  The Liga MX U-23 team had alot of support from the local crowd but could not find the back of the net.  The win is CFC's first ... (click for more)