Doctors, lawyers, NYPD officer paid $ 100 million. fraud: Feds

Two gangs that hired trusted professionals to steal $ 100 million from insurance companies were knocked down on Wednesday in what the Fed calls one of the biggest scam busters in history.

More than a dozen suspects, including an officer in New York City, were arrested following an investigation by the Department of Justice, NYPD and Westchester County District Attorney’s office, officials said.

Both criminal companies would bribe police envoys and health professionals for information about victims of car accidents, which they associate with crooked doctors who performed unnecessary medical procedures, officials said in a press release. The gangs would then over-bill insurance companies to take advantage of New York and New Jersey car insurance laws, which require them to pay for the victim’s medical bills in certain situations.

The first criminal company, led by Alexander “Little Alex” Gulkarov, stole more than $ 30 million since 2014 by paying more than a dozen medical organizations to use their legitimate licenses, U.S. authorities said.

NYPD officer Albert Aronov has reportedly searched the department’s computers for accident victim information as a group of “runners” bribed public servants for confidential information used to direct patients to the gang’s doctors.

Both criminal companies would bribe police envoys and health professionals for information on victims of car accidents, as gangs would then over-bill insurance companies to take advantage of car insurance law.
Both criminal companies would bribe police envoys and health professionals for information on victims of car accidents, as gangs would then over-bill insurance companies to take advantage of car insurance law.
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Doctors Rolando “Chuma” Chumaceiro and Marcelo Quiroga “then incorporated medical practices as part of the scheme, prescribing unnecessary and excessive medical treatments and over-billing insurance companies under No-Fault Laws,” investigators said.

New York lawyer Robert Wisnicki was recruited to launder money and misdirect law enforcement, according to FB.

Gulkarov and co-conspirators Roman Israilov, Peter Khaimov and Anthony DiPietro will all stand behind bars for three decades if convicted. Wisnicki risks 25 years in prison, while doctors face 10 years and Aronov five, in connection with the conspiracy.

Another crew, led by Bradley Pierre, ran a similar but more lucrative racket, fraudulently owning and operating five healthcare companies through bribes and return commissions for a profit of $ 70 million over 13 years, according to prosecutors.

Allegedly in league with Pierre, Dr. Marvin Moy, who performed “unnecessary and painful electrodiagnostic tests on patients,” and Dr. William Weiner, who falsified “findings of clinical injuries in MRIs to increase patient referrals,” authorities said.

The two gangs would over-bill insurance companies to take advantage of car insurance law and earned the scammers over $ 100 million.
The two gangs would over-bill insurance companies to take advantage of car insurance law and earned the scammers over $ 100 million.
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Arthur Borgoraz, an associate attorney and manager at a personal injury law firm, and runner Andrew Prime were tasked with remunerating officials to gather information that continued the scheme, according to the release.

Pierre stood at 37 years behind bars if convicted of fraud and conspiracy while doctors looked at a 30-year jail term, prosecutors said. Borgoraz and Prime each faced a 5-year prison sentence.

“No-fault accident schemes like the one claimed today can cost insurers millions of dollars in payments to doctors and clinics that provide fake or unnecessary services to ignorant accident victims,” ​​said FBI Assistant Director Michael Driscoll.

“This cost is almost always passed on to consumers of private insurance or subsidized programs established to help those in need.”

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