2013 New York News Archive
November 13, 2013
Jamaican National Indicted For Fraudulently Receiving Medicaid Benefits
Buffalo, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury in Buffalo has returned a four-count indictment charging Georgia Bowen, a/k/a Georgia Bennett, 38, of Lackawanna, N.Y., with health care fraud and aggravated identity theft. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.
November 12, 2013
Brooklyn Clinic Owner Sentenced for Role in $77 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
The owner of a Brooklyn medical clinic was sentenced today to serve 15 years in prison for her leading role in a $77 million Medicare fraud scheme.
October 30, 2013
Former Veterans Affairs Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty to Medicare Fraud
Dr. Mikhail L. Presman, a licensed psychiatrist employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), pleaded guilty today to health care fraud for falsely billing Medicare for home medical treatment to Medicare beneficiaries and agreed to forfeit more than $1.2 million in illegal profits.
August 16, 2013
High-Ranking Member of Enterprise Involved in Massive Medicare Fraud Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 125 Months in Prison
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that Robert Terdjanian was sentenced yesterday to 125 months in prison for his role in a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme, among other offenses including extortion and immigration fraud. Terdjanian pled guilty to racketeering in December 2011 before U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe, who also imposed yesterday's sentence.
July 30, 2013
Brooklyn Clinic Employee Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Connection with $77 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Yuri Khandrius, 50, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was sentenced today to eight years in prison for his role in a $77 million Medicare fraud scheme.
July 17, 2013
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges against Eight Individuals in Connection with $2.3 Million Bribery and Kickback Scheme to Secure Business from a Medical Cost-Management Company
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Thomas O'Donnell, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and Steven G. Hughes, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Secret Service today announced charges against eight individuals for their alleged involvement in a lucrative scheme in which information technology vendors paid over $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks to secure business from executives of a Manhattan-based medical cost management company.
July 17, 2013
Rx Trafficking Ring Controlled Brooklyn Medical Practices: Nearly $3.4 Million in Pills Diverted
Manhattan, NY - Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division, Bridget G. Brennan, New York City's Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, Tom F. O'Donnell, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General New York Region (HHS-OIG), and New York State Commissioner of Health Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., announced today the indictment and arrest of five members of a prescription drug trafficking ring that illegally collected and distributed over $3.4 million in oxycodone and other prescription drugs through medical offices they controlled in Brooklyn.
July 16, 2013
Brooklyn Money Launderer Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison in Connection with $77 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Earlier today, Anatoly Kraiter, 35, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for his role as a money launderer for a $77 million Medicare fraud scheme. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon of the Eastern District of New York sentenced Kraiter to three years of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit $100,000. Kraiter's surrender date is September 16, 2013.
July 11, 2013
Former Chief Executive Officer Of Hospital For Special Surgery Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Fraudulent Kickback Scheme
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JOHN R. REYNOLDS, the former Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") of the Hospital for Special Surgery (the "Hospital"), pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to participating in a fraudulent scheme in which he was paid nearly $300,000 in undisclosed kickbacks from a subordinate Hospital employee. REYNOLDS, who was arrested in September 2012, also pled guilty to making false statements to a law enforcement agent. U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman presided over today's plea proceeding.
June 19, 2013
NYC Pharmacy And Clinic-Based Criminal Enterprise Charged With $16 Million Theft And Fraud Perpetrated On Medicaid
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the indictment of six individuals and three corporations in a $16 million, multi-year scheme to steal from Medicaid. The scam targeted vulnerable HIV patients, mainly in the Bronx, putting their lives in jeopardy by paying them not to fill their HIV prescriptions and then billing Medicaid for those unfilled prescriptions.
June 13, 2013
Eighth Person Charged in Illegal Drug Scheme
A former New Britain resident was arrested today and charged with scheming with a former doctor to obtain prescription drugs that were paid for by a government health program and then sold illegally on the streets.
June 12, 2013
A.G. Schneiderman Recovers $2.5 Million In Nursing Home Medicaid Kickback Scheme
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with the estate of a late Bronx nursing home owner who was previously indicted on charges of paying thousands of dollars in kickbacks to a hospital social worker to steer patients to Kingsbridge Heights Rehabilitation and Care Center, Inc. The agreement with the estate of Helen Sieger returns more than $2.5 million to the New York State Medicaid program.
April 23, 2013
Prominent Tri-State Cardiologist Admits Record $19 Million Billing Fraud Scheme
Jose Katz plead guilty to fraud that subjected thousands of patients to unnecessary tests and treatment by unlicensed or untrained personnel.
April 12, 2013
Participant in $100 Million Medicare Fraud Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 135 Months in Prison
Herayer Baghoumian was sentenced to 135 months in prison for his role in a $100 million massive Medicare fraud scheme.
April 10, 2013
Long Island Health Care Provider Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for $10 Million Medicare Fraud and HIPAA Identity Theft
Helene Michel was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, and HIPAA identity theft crimes. Michel was ordered to forfeit $1.3 million that was seized by the government at the time of her indictment.
April 8, 2013
Brooklyn Doctor Convicted in $77 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Gustave Drivas, a medical doctor licensed in the State of New York, knowingly authorized his co-conspirators at a medical clinic in Brooklyn, New York, to use his Medicare billing number to charge Medicare for more than $20 million in medical procedures and services that were never performed. In return he received more than $500,000 for his role in the scheme.
March 5, 2013
Park Avenue Medical Associates Sued For Medicare Billing Fraud
The United States has filed a lawsuit against Park Avenue Medical Associates (PAMA) and Park Avenue Medical Associates, P.C. (PAMA PC), and related entities for thousands of claims that were not eligible for payment, resulting in over $1 million in damages.
February 25, 2013
Manhattan Doctor Pleads Guilty To $8.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Dr. Roberto Aymat and others billed Medicare for medications that were never administered or that were administered but were medically unnecessary.
February 25, 2013
Doctor Charged with Overcharging Medicaid and Medicare Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars
Dr. Naveed Ahmad is charged with billing Medicaid for more than $455,000 in unnecessary procedures and prescriptions and Medicare more than $10,000 in unnecessary procedures and proscriptions.
February 8, 2013
Leader Of Armenian Organized Crime Ring Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison For $100 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
ARMEN KAZARIAN pled guilty in July of 2011 to racketeering conspiracy for the operation of a $100 million dollar Medicare fraud billing ring.
February 7, 2013
Hospital Admits Filing Duplicative Claims and Claims for Non-Reimbursable Costs and Agrees to Pay $2.325 Million
St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Continuum Health Partners, Inc., And SLR Psychiatric Associates improperly billed Medicare and Medicaid for out-patient services provided at its mental health clinics.