A Waldorf oncologist and well-known community member pleaded guilty to filing several false tax returns and now faces as many as three years in prison.
Dr. Krishan Mathur, a La Plata resident, is the owner of Cambridge Cancer and Infusion Center.
Mathur admitted in Maryland’s U.S. District Court to filing false returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
Mathur now owes the Internal Revenue Service $750,249.
Mathur “overstated his expenses and underreported his income” on the three tax returns, according to the statement of facts. He also didn’t properly log rebates he received from pharmaceutical companies. He would deposit the payments into his personal bank account and would not report the payments or his bank account records to his accountant.
Mathur also inflated his expenses for medical supplies by logging purchases he never actually made, according to the statement.
He would take funds from the practice’s bank account and use them for personal means, according to the statement of facts. On business records, Mathur would say these payments went to various medical supply companies.
Mathur was also the medical director for Hospice of Charles County. He never reported income he received from the hospice, according to the statement of facts.
In a written statement to the Maryland Independent, Hospice of Charles County President and CEO Nancy Bowling addressed Mathur’s actions.
“Hospice is saddened by this turn of events,” Bowling wrote in the statement. “Although nothing in the investigation and subsequent plea reflect or relate to the quality of care provided to our clients by Dr. Mathur, Hospice has suspended Dr. Mathur’s services pending a review. In addition, Hospice has cooperated fully with the investigation and has conducted a review of its policies and procedures to ensure that it is in full compliance with all applicable federal and state laws. The general public, and especially our clients and their families, should rest assured that this will not affect the continuity or quality of care provided by Hospice of Charles County.”
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicolas Mitchell and Bryan E. Foreman prosecuted the case. Mathur is scheduled for sentencing July 17.
Mathur did not return repeated requests for comment.