Clinic Manager Cops To Role In $70M Medicare Fraud Scheme

By Dani Kass (February 7, 2017, 1:25 PM EST) -- The manager of two New York health care clinics pled guilty Monday to taking part in a $70 million scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid by paying beneficiaries to undergo medically unnecessary tests for which the clinics could then bill the government.

Eduard Zavalunov pled guilty in New York federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and health care fraud for the scheme in which three clinics billed Medicare and Medicaid for $70 million and received more than $25 million. 

Prosecutors say the scheme involved Zavalunov and others recruiting Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries from soup kitchens and welfare...

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