Clinic Owners in Million-Dollar Medicaid and Medicare Fraud Scheme Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court

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OMIG Played a Key Role Throughout the Case

The former owners of a Brooklyn-based physical therapy practice and an acupuncture company - arrested by Federal authorities following an OMIG-assisted investigation for their involvement in a $1.3 million Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme - were sentenced Feb. 12 to serve multiple years in prison and to forfeit and pay restitution of more than $1.3 million to Medicare and Medicaid.

Ashraf Hasan-Hafez, 47, of Brooklyn, NY, the owner of a physical therapy practice that operated out of a basement on East 18th St. in Brooklyn, N.Y., received a 45-month sentence from United States District Judge Robert W. Sweet. Hasan-Hafez pled guilty in March 2018 to health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud for billing for physical therapy services between January 2010 and August 2013 that were never provided or were provided by unlicensed practitioners.

Ilya Kogan, 44, of Watchung, NJ, the owner of an acupuncture company that operated out of the same East 18th St. location, was sentenced by Judge Sweet to a 50-month prison term after pleading guilty last year to health care fraud, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Kogan had also, according to prosecutors, participated in a separate no-fault insurance fraud scheme, which resulted in the court ordering him to forfeit and pay restitution of $293,851 to victims of the scheme.

View the full press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York.  

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