Medicare Fraud Guilty Plea in $100 Million scheme
We’ve talked about Medicaid and Medicare fraud by way of “ghost patients.” Medical providers bill Medicare or Medicaid for patients who do not exist or who didn’t receive the billed health care. Now we’re moving on to “phantom clinics”.
A man plead guilty on Friday to billing Medicare a whopping $100 million for health care clinics that did not exist. Not only were the patients ghosts, but so were the doctors. And there were at least 118 phantom clinics!
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After the guilty plea on Friday, October 26, 2012, the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York released a statement:
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DAVIT MIRZOYAN pled guilty today in Manhattan Federal Court to racketeering and other crimes in connection with his involvement in an Armenian-American criminal organization involved in a wide range of criminal activity, including a massive Medicare fraud. MIRZOYAN pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Davit Mirzoyan was a criminal parasite feeding on a grand scale off our country’s health care system for personal financial gain and draining Medicare of needed funds. His guilty plea today ensures he will be held to account for his actions.”
According to the Indictment and other documents filed in this case:
From 2006 to 2010, DAVIT MIRZOYAN led a nationwide Medicare scam that fraudulently billed Medicare for over $100 million. MIRZOYAN and others created dozens of “phantom clinics,” health care providers that existed only on paper. These clinics did not have any doctors and treated no patients. At least 118 fraudulent Medicare providers, located in approximately 25 states, submitted fraudulent bills to Medicare totaling approximately $100 million, and received approximately $35.7 million.