US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss announced that nine suspects have been indicted for operating an over $20 million health care fraud scheme at fraudulent medical offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
It is alleged that as part of the fraud scheme, co-conspirators paid a kickback to some patients who were insured by Medicare and other insurance providers to fraudulently bill them for physical therapy and acupuncture services that were unnecessary or never performed.
Those arrested includes:
* Junyi Liu, age 67, of Great Neck;
* Gleen Anciro, age 50, of Floral Park;
* Noemi Algodon, age 49, of Mineola;
* Mohamed Elmandouh, age 48, of Staten Island;
* Gerard Estrella, age 39, of West Hempstead;
* Ramon Garcia III, age 39, of Merrick;
* Henler Dutu Tahıl, age 38, of East Meadow;
* Hongxing Wang, age 61, of Brooklyn;
* Zihao Chen, age 20, of Queens.
Charges filed against the nine are:
* Conspiring to commit health care fraud;
* Conspiring to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute;
* Conspiring to commit money laundering.
Additionally, Liu was charged with wire fraud for “unlawfully enriching herself and a family member through a COVID-19 unemployment benefit scheme.”
It is alleged that between 2018 and 2021, Liu, a licensed acupuncturist, fraudulently billed insurance providers, during which she partnered with Anchor, Algodon, Elmandouh, Estrella, Garcia, and Tahil, licensed physical therapists, and Wang, also a licensed acupuncturist.