Doctors among 12 charged in N.Y. health fraud scheme

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 28, 2011

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The U.S. Justice Dept has charged 12 health professionals, including four doctors, with operating a health fraud scheme in New York.

The defendants were charged Nov. 2 with a variety of health care fraud and money laundering offenses in indictments filed in Brooklyn federal court, according to a release by the Justice Dept.

The medical doctors allegedly submitted $11.7 million in false claims to the Medicare program for physical therapy, electric stimulation treatments and other services while working at URI Medical Center and Sarang Medical PC, two medical clinics in Flushing, N.Y.

The indictment alleges that the defendants also recruited Medicare beneficiaries to their clinic by offering lunches and dancing classes, in exchange for the beneficiaries providing their Medicare numbers to be billed for medical services that they did not need and never received.

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