Friday, November 4, 2011
Flushing docs busted for phony Medicare claims
From the NY Post:
A bunch of crooked Queens doctors paid their patients to take ballroom dance lessons in their clinic basement -- and then masqueraded the sessions as legitimate physical therapy in fraudulent Medicare claims, sources told The Post.
The scheming doctors also rewarded patients with massages, facials and free lunches in their Flushing practices for helping them submit a staggering $11.7 million worth of false claims, officials said.
Among those charged were Ho Yon Kim, 85, a physician, and his son, Gilbert Kim, 59, who served as the office manager, as well as a chiropractor and another doctor.
The Kims also administered unnecessary electro-stimulation therapy and physical therapy to patients -- and even billed for completely fabricated services that were never performed, officials said.
The Kims’ alleged schemes were unveiled yesterday after FBI agents teamed with investigators from the Department of Health and Human Services to arrest a dozen people in a sweep of raids across New York, charging them with participating in several unrelated health-care fraud rings, officials said. None of the patients who helped in the scheme have been charged publicly.