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2021

The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has developed and implemented a new process that affords providers the opportunity to apply for relief in the event an OMIG audit may pose a financial hardship to the organization. Providers that have received a Final Audit Report and wish to apply for financial hardship consideration may contact the Bureau of Collections Management at…Read More
The owner of a Queens pharmacy charged in September 2020 as part of the OMIG-assisted national health care fraud takedown was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for his participation in a health care fraud conspiracy, distribution of Oxycodone and illegal financial transactions. Harris Hussnain, 41, of Queens, N.Y. was sentenced in Brooklyn federal court by U.S. District Court Judge Rachel P…Read More
The owner of two New York City pharmacies was arrested today and indicted in federal court following an OMIG-assisted investigation for his alleged participation in a health care fraud and kickback scheme. Robert John Sabet, 44, the owner of Brooklyn Chemists in Gravesend, Brooklyn, and Lucky Care Pharmacy in Flushing, Queens, was arrested following a joint investigation conducted by the…Read More

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
Conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Census counts the population in all 50 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. All information you provide is safe, secure, and the federal government is legally required to keep it private. This year, you can respond to the 2020 Census: 💻 online ∙ 📞by phone ∙ 📨 or by mail. Read More

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