An anesthesiologist in New York State is facing Federal fraud charges on allegations by investigators that she operated a telemedicine scam that cost Medicare over $3 million.
According to prosecutors, the 63-year-old woman was involved in a fraudulent scheme to purchase prescribed durable medical equipment and prescription drugs through a telemedicine service. Beginning in early 2015, the defendant is said to have been one of several providers to sign prescriptions and order forms for such goods that were medically unnecessary.
Allegedly prompted by illicit kickbacks and other illegal inducements, the defendant prescribed the goods to patients she had never examined nor evaluated. All in, participants in the alleged conspiracy submitted claims to Medicare, Medicare Part D, and private insurers totaling more than $7 million, of which over $3 million was paid out.
The defendant was ultimately arrested in April on the charges. She was arraigned last week in the Eastern District of New York with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. A trial date has yet to be announced.
Charges in the case are the result of an investigation by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is a team of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. To date the Team has charged almost 4,000 defendants with over $14 billion in fraud to Medicare and other government medical insurers.
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