The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) wants Valentina Kovalienko, the owner of two Brooklyn, N.Y., medical clinics, to spend about 13 to 16 years in prison and pay nearly $60 million in restitution and forfeitured for her role in a $55 million health care fraud. Ms. Kovalienko pled guilty in late October 2015 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The scheme involved billing Medicare and Medicaid for services not necessary or actually given and then fabricating records to hide the fraud. The sentencing is set for the 13th of this month.
From February 2008 to February 2011, Ms. Kovalienko and others were engaged in a scheme in which patients were paid cash kickbacks to subject themselves to medically unnecessary physical and occupational therapy, diagnostic tests and office visits that weren’t performed by licensed professionals. The clinics billed Medicare and Medicaid for these services.
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