The California Medical Board reported Dr. Paul Lessler, 70 surrendered his California medical license after pleading guilty to Medicare fraud.
Dr. Lessler, of Newport Beach operated a medical clinic, University Pain Specialists, where he hired recruiters to find patients to receive unnecessary respiratory treatments. Prosecutors alleged the Orange County doctor’s scam billed Medicare $12 million for such treatments. In May 2007, Lessler pleaded guilty to three felony counts of conspiracy and health care fraud charges.
As a result of his medical insurance fraud convictions, the California Medical Board sought to revoke Lessler’s medical privileges. In July, Lessler agreed to give up his California Medical License with a signed stipulation with the board.