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2022

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Launches 'Start the Conversation,' a Multi-Media Campaign to Raise Awareness Winning 'End Domestic Violence' License Plate Design Unveiled State Landmarks and Bridges To Be Illuminated in Purple on Saturday Evening Read the Proclamation Here Governor Kathy Hochul today issued a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence…Read More
The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has issued its 2021 Annual Report, which details New York's Medicaid program integrity efforts for calendar year 2021. View the 2021 OMIG Annual Report.Read More
State Budget Allocates $1.3 Billion to Medicaid Program for Retention of Employees in Frontline Health Care and Mental Hygiene Positions Online Portal Launching for Eligible Employers to Disburse Funds to Qualified Employees Bonus Program Among Several FY 2023 Enacted Budget Initiatives Aimed to Increase Health Care Workforce by 20 Percent Over Next Five Years Governor Kathy Hochul today…Read More
A Long Island physician was indicted yesterday following an OMIG-assisted investigation for allegedly defrauding the Medicaid program of more than $1 million by bribing other physicians for referrals and subjecting patients to unnecessary and invasive medical tests. Payam Toobian, 51, of Kings Point, N.Y. was indicted along with his company, America’s Imaging Center, Inc. (America’s Imaging),…Read More
A New York City Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor arrested in June 2018 following an OMIG-assisted investigation for fraudulently billing Medicare and Medicaid for surgical procedures not performed was convicted on July 8 in federal court. Harold Bendelstein, 71, of Queens, N.Y. was convicted following a trial of one count of health care fraud and one count of making a false claim for…Read More
The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General’s (OMIG) proposed regulations implementing 2020 changes to law relating to provider compliance programs, Medicaid managed care fraud, waste and abuse prevention programs, and OMIG’s self-disclosure program will be published in the New York State Register on July 13, 2022, and public comment will be accepted until September 12, 2022. The rulemaking…Read More
The owner of two New York City pharmacies accused by federal prosecutors last year of defrauding the Medicaid and Medicare programs of more than $6.8 million following an OMIG-assisted investigation pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Robert John Sabet, 46, the owner of Brooklyn Chemists in Gravesend, Brooklyn, and Lucky Care Pharmacy in Flushing, Queens, pleaded…Read More

2021

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced major transparency improvements to State government that will dramatically increase access to data and information and continue the process of restoring New Yorkers' trust in their State government. Governor Hochul published new transparency plans from more than 70 executive agencies and public authorities, announced improvements to the process for fulfilling…Read More
A Long Island resident, accused by federal prosecutors last year of defrauding the Medicaid program of more than $1 million following an OMIG-assisted investigation, pleaded guilty today for his role of organizing the scheme. Ibrahim Aksakal, 49, of East Patchogue, N.Y., pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Central Islip to conspiring to commit health care and wire fraud, and consented to…Read More
Governor Kathy Hochul today proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and announced $6.5 million in funding that will allow state-licensed service providers to offer survivors of domestic violence and their families with options for assistance and support, instead of relying on shelter-based services, and that will also enhance prevention programs. In addition, Governor Hochul also…Read More