NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers announced Nov. 16 that Zwanger & Pesiri Radiology Group LLP, Zwanger Radiology P.C. and Dr. Steven Mendelson will pay $8,153,727 after allegations of submitting false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.
“These defendants knowingly overbilled Medicaid by millions,
draining the program of important resources meant to help some of our most
vulnerable individuals,” Schneiderman
said. “I thank our partners in law enforcement for helping us protect
New York taxpayer dollars against fraud and waste. We will continue to
vigilantly guard the integrity of Medicaid, and punish those who steal from our
Zwanger allegedly submitted
claims for services for physicians who were not enrolled in Medicare or
Medicaid. Because the physicians were not enrolled, the services were
ineligible for benefits. To bypass the issue, Zwanger purportedly alleged Mendelson had performed all the procedures.
Additional allegations against Zwanger include the
submission of false claims for certain radiology procedures that were not
ordered by a treating physician.
“Zwanger-Pesiri illegally pursued corporate profits at the
expense of federal and state health care providers and taxpayers. Today’s
guilty plea and approximate $10.5 million global settlement demonstrates our
vigilance in bringing to justice those who put profits first and health care
second,” Capers said.