$55 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme, Three Plead Guilty
In January three people pleaded guilty to a massive health care fraud scheme wherein it was alleged that they submitted over false and fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid in excess of $55 million The fraud scheme involved two Brooklyn clinics, Prime Care on the Bay LLC and Bensonhurst Mega Medical Care P.C. Fifteen other people have also pleaded guilty in connection with this fraud scheme.
Defendants Olga Proskurovsky and Yuriy Omelchenko each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Proskurovsky was a medical biller and Omelchenko worked as a therapist manager at the two Brooklyn clinics. They admitted to assisting in a scheme to defraud the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Defendants further admitted to falsifying patient charts and medical billing documents, and to subjecting patients to medically unnecessary health services provided by unlicensed staff.
Pursuant to their plea agreements, Proskurovsky and Omelchenko agreed to forfeit over $17 million in money judgments against them.
Defendant Isak Aharanov pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Aharanov admitted that he, along with co-conspirators, paid patients to induce them to seek treatment at the Brooklyn clinics. He further admitted to laundering funds and generating cash to make the illegal kickback payments to patients.
Medicare Fraud Strike Force
As we noted in our article Health Care Fraud Costs the U.S. Billions Each Year prosecutors are aggressively pursuing Medicare fraud cases. This case was investigated and brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, lead by the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section of the DOJ.
In the ten years since its inceptions, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged more than 3,000 defendants who collectively billed over $11 billion to the Medicare program.
Aggressive Prosecution of Medicare Fraud
Criminal charges for health care fraud are prosecuted aggressively. Conviction carries harsh penalties, including fines and imprisonment. If you have been accused of Medicare fraud you need an attorney who understands the tactics and procedures the government will use to obtain a conviction. You need an attorney who can combat aggressive prosecutors.
As a former health care prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office, Ashley D. Adams understands the government’s tactics and knows how to establish the best possible defense for your case.
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