The patients were not eligible for transport by ambulance because they could walk or sit in a wheelchair, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Morgan said in court papers.
Morgan said Rostovsky, who is married and the father of a three-year-old boy, “bragged” in an undercover recording about his “prowess” to defraud Medicare.
A government informant obtained a recorded conversation with Rostovsky in August 2010 in which Rostovsky admitted he paid kickbacks to patients, falsified Medicare paperwork, provided bogus information during a Medicare audit in April 2010 and told walking patients to get on stretchers to “make it legit,” Morgan said in court papers.
Defense attorney Gerald Stein said in a court filing that Rostovsky, who has an FAA pilot’s license, had a job waiting for him as a pilot from his previous employer. Stein said the job offer was verified by a letter to the court from Robert Toll, chairman of Toll Brothers, the homebuilder.
Stein said his client had sold his prior home and used the proceeds to make a $137,000 down payment towards the $1.3 million of court-ordered restitution. The defense attorney said an additional $63,000 is expected to be raised from the sale of another investment property, which will close next month.
Rostovsky, who is a dual citizen of both the United States and Israel, had pledged as part of his plea agreement to make restitution of at least $200,000 prior to sentencing.
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