Ex-Clinic Owner Given 5 Years In $70M Medicare Scheme

By William Gorta (February 27, 2017, 4:20 PM EST) -- The co-owner of three New York health clinics was sentenced in a New York federal court on Friday to five years in prison for running a $70 million Medicare and Medicaid fraud in which he paid indigent people to undergo unnecessary medical tests and then billed the government.

Victor Lipkin, who pled guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and health care fraud, had sought a sentence of three years. Lipkin, a refugee from the Soviet Union, had his "character and psychology shaped by the tyrannical Soviet army," according to his sentencing letter.  Because of...

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