Doctor pleads guilty to obstruction

BOSTON — A prominent dermatologist accused of submitting fake diagnoses for patients to get Medicare payments pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday, and federal prosecutors agreed not to pursue health-care fraud charges against him.

Abdul Razzaque Ahmed, 59, of Brookline, pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of a criminal investigation and also agreed to turn over $2.9 million in assets. He originally faced 15 counts.

Prosecutors said Ahmed even went so far as to mix blood samples from patients with a severe, Medicare-covered disease with blood samples from patients who had a less-serious disease so he could charge the government program for the costly treatments.

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