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2020

A Manhattan psychiatrist and a medical assistant were arrested Nov. 23 following an OMIG-assisted investigation for allegedly selling prescriptions for addictive controlled substances with no legitimate medical purpose. Psychiatrist Dr. Leon Valbrun and medical assistant Po Yu Yen were arrested following the joint investigation and charged in Manhattan Criminal Court with multiple counts of…Read More
A New York City-based physical therapist arrested in 2017 following an OMIG-assisted investigation for his role in a $30 million Medicaid and Medicare health care fraud and kickback scheme was sentenced in federal court on Oct. 6 to 24 months in prison. Hatem Behiry, of Brooklyn, N.Y. was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield of the Southern District of New York following a six-…Read More
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2019

A Brooklyn doctor accused by federal prosecutors following an OMIG-assisted investigation of partaking in a $30 million Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme was sentenced yesterday to 48 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution and forfeiture. Paul Mathieu, 54, of Morristown, NJ,  was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield following a six-week trial this May in which a jury…Read More
A manager of medical clinics in Brooklyn and Queens arrested in 2016 by federal authorities following an OMIG-assisted investigation was convicted in federal court last week for his role in a multi-million-dollar health care kickback and money laundering scheme. Aleksandr Pikus, manager of the medical clinics that employed doctors, physical and occupational therapists and other medical…Read More
OMIG Update to 2019-2020 Work Plan Now Posted.Read More
A New York City pharmacy owner and three of her managers were arrested July 19 following an OMIG-assisted investigation for their alleged participation in a multi-million-dollar Medicaid fraud scheme involving kickbacks and HIV prescription drugs. Irina Pichkhadze, 34, of Queens, NY, the Owner of First Choice Pharmacy in Harlem, NY, and three of her managers, Raymond Dieffenbacher, 46, of Queens…Read More
A New York City doctor accused by Federal authorities in November 2017 following an OMIG-assisted investigation of writing thousands of medically unnecessary oxycodone and fentanyl prescriptions over a three-year period was sentenced to serve five years in prison. Ernesto Lopez, 76, of Flushing, NY, was sentenced on Tuesday, July 2 in Manhattan federal court by U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote…Read More
As part of the 2019-2020 New York State Budget, the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) will commence reviews of managed care organizations (MCOs) to evaluate compliance with program integrity sections of the Medicaid Managed Care/Family Health Plus/HIV Special Needs Plan Contract (Contract). These reviews are authorized by Social Services Law Section 364-j (36) and 18 New York Codes…Read More