WASHINGTON – Lewis J. Levine, 57, a chiropractor who practiced in Southeast Washington, pled guilty today to a federal charge of health care fraud for his role in a scheme involving fraudulent claims to the District of Columbia Medicaid program.
The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.; Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Nicholas DiGiulio, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), for the region that includes Washington, D.C.
Levine, of Laurel, Md., pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly scheduled a status hearing for Jan. 8, 2015. The charge carries a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and financial penalties. Under federal sentencing guidelines, the parties have agreed that Levine faces a likely range of 10 to 16 months in prison and a fine of $3,000 to $30,000. He also has agreed to pay $50,260 in restitution to the D.C. Medicaid program and an identical amount in a forfeiture money judgment.
The plea agreement calls for Levine to cooperate in a continuing investigation involving fraud, kickbacks, and false billings in the field of home care services for D.C. Medicaid patients.