HAUPPAUGUE, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney
General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced that Katia Donnelly and her durable
medical equipment and supply store, Bennett Surgical Supply Inc., have admitted to
stealing more than $2 million from Medicaid using customers’
Medicaid identification numbers.
According to allegations, Donnelly used the Medicaid
identification numbers of Bennett Surgical customers to fraudulently bill for
items that she never delivered to them. The supplies she billed Medicaid for
were not medically necessary and never ordered by medical professionals. She
conducted this alleged scheme over a six-year period.
“This defendant helped herself to an exorbitant amount of
money from the Medicaid program, a taxpayer-funded program intended to help
some of our most vulnerable members of society,” Schneiderman said. “This case illustrates that no matter how
clever the scheme, we will root out Medicaid fraud and punish those
Special assistant attorney general Veronica
Bindrim-MacDevitt handled the case after investigator Stephen Clarke of the
Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) Long Island Regional
Office originally looked into the matter.