Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
New York, NY —
Nine area podiatrists have been sentenced in federal court to prison terms for Medicare fraud in various schemes dating back to the 1980s, according to court papers. The firm Citywide Clinics had offices under different names in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Podiatrists were convicted of submitting false claims, doing unnecessary treatments, and using the higher Manhattan billing rate for procedures performed in the firm’s outer-borough offices.
In one scam, Citywide Clinics solicited patients off the street with flyers for free treatments. The treatments were indeed free, but in order to qualify for the Medicare reimbursement the clinics received, the patients should’ve been charged a 20 percent co-pay. Dr. Henry Borelli was just the latest one sentenced. He and eight colleagues have been convicted in trials dating back to 2002. They’ve received prison sentences ranging from six months to more than five years.