April 12, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. - A North Jersey cardiologist has admitted taking part in a scheme that subjected thousands of patients to unnecessary tests and treatment and resulted in $19 million in bogus bills, authorities said. Jose Katz, 68, of Closter, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to conspiracy to commit health-care fraud and an unrelated count of Social Security fraud for giving his wife a years-long no-show job, making her eligible for Social Security. Katz, 68, was the founder and chief executive of Cardio-Med Services L.L.C., which had offices in Union City, Paterson, and West New York, and Comprehensive Healthcare & Medical Services, which had offices in Manhattan and Queens, N.Y. Katz, who is free on bail, is scheduled to be sentenced July 23. The health-care fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
April 3, 2013
In the Region Guilty pleas in Medicare fraud Two brothers who operated a Feasterville ambulance company, MedEx Ambulance Inc. , pleaded guilty to overcharging Medicare by $2.5 million for the transport of kidney patients to dialysis who could have gotten there safely by other means, United States Attorney Zane David Memeger announced. The brothers, Aleksandr N. Zagorodny and Sergey Zagorodny, pleaded guilty to all charges in a 41-count indictment charging them with health-care fraud, making false statements in connection with health-care matters, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit health-care fraud and wire fraud, the prosecutor's office said.
April 3, 2013 |
Two brothers who operated a Feasterville ambulance company, MedEx Ambulance Inc., pleaded guilty to overcharging Medicare by $2.5 million for the transport of kidney patients to dialysis who could have gotten there safely by other means, United States Attorney Zane David Memeger announced Tuesday. The brothers, Aleksandr N. Zagorodny and Sergey Zagorodny, pleaded guilty to all charges in a 41-count indictment charging them with health care fraud, false statements in connection with health care matters, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, the prosecutor's office said.
April 3, 2013 |
A pair of brothers who operated a fleet of ambulances in Bucks Co. pleaded guilty today in defrauding taxpayers of more than $2.6 million. Aleksandr N. Zagorodny and Sergey Zagorodny operated the Feasterville-based MedEx Ambulance Inc. from 2007 through 2012. Federal prosecutors said the Zagorodny brothers ran their seven ambulances like a fleet of taxis, unnecessarily transporting patients who they knew were able to walk and then submitting false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.
March 8, 2013
By Rebecca Nurick Perpetrators of Medicare and Medicaid fraud are clever and creative - and often quite successful: Every year, scams cost taxpayers about $65 billion. In recent years, the federal government has invested in programs to prevent Medicare fraud, and to make the criminals who commit it pay, both in fines and jail time. In particular, the Affordable Care Act will provide increased resources to fight these crimes. Beefed-up task forces have caught thieves around the country who have engaged in identity theft, billed for services not provided, or even performed unnecessary medical procedures.
February 28, 2013 |
If the automatic federal budget cuts kick in Friday, patients and pharmaceutical companies - and the authorities paid to protect the first group and watch over the second - could be affected both soon and over time. Evaluations of drugs and medical devices might take longer as the Food and Drug Administration curtails operations. Patients might not get some medicine. Philadelphia International Airport handles shipments of products and executives in the globalized drug business, so customs inspections, screening of passengers, and air traffic control might delay delivery of both.
February 23, 2013 |
In TV ads, the Scooter Store suggests to seniors and others needing motorized scooters and wheelchairs that they can be had for almost no cost because the company will handle all the messy paperwork with insurers, particularly Medicare. Wednesday and Thursday brought another example that nothing is free. Somebody - often taxpayers - has to pay. About 150 state and federal law enforcement officers raided the company's headquarters in a San Antonio suburb. The action was another phase in an ongoing health-care fraud investigation of the Scooter Store, which has an outlet in the Philadelphia region.
February 13, 2013 |
In an era when pharmaceutical executives - like their brethren in banking - are under fire for paying fines too often instead of going to prison to settle allegations of wrongdoing, health care fraud investigations returned $4.2 billion to the nation's coffers last year, the U.S. government said Monday. For every $1 spent on investigations, the government got back $7.90 over the last three years, which is $2.50 higher than the rolling three-year average since the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program began in 1997, according to a joint report released by the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services.
October 19, 2012 |
A SUMMERDALE MAN who posed as a chiropractor and a physical therapist and treated patients as part of an elaborate health-care fraud scheme was sentenced to six years in federal prison Thursday. Tahib Smith Ali, 35, is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons as soon as he gets a report date, U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg said. The judge also ordered Ali to make restitution of $287,972, which includes co-pays that Ali allegedly charged to 86 patients. Ali, who was not licensed and had no medical training, purchased the Oasis Holistic Healing Village, on 17th Street near Spruce, in December 2008 from Dr. Paul Bodhise, a licensed chiropractor who was retiring and moving to California.
August 3, 2012 |
Two brothers who owned a Bucks County ambulance company were indicted Wednesday on 41 counts of health-care fraud and other charges, officials said. The charges were the latest in a string of prosecutions targeting health-care fraud in the region. Aleksandr N. and Sergey Zagorodny operated MedEx Ambulance in Feasterville with four emergency vehicles. Beginning in 2004, MedEx falsified reports on its Medicare claims stating it transported patients who could not walk or travel by other means.