A 45-year-old manager of medical clinics in both Brooklyn and Queens was sentenced to 13 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $40 million after he was sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn on Monday.
Aleksandr Pikus, from Brooklyn, was previously convicted on November 2019 by a jury in front of U.S. District Court Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York of conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to receive and pay health care kickbacks and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. by obstructing the IRS. He faced up to 70 years.
“For nearly a decade, Aleksandr Pikus stole millions of dollars from the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs in a major healthcare kickback, money laundering and tax fraud scheme,” said acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt. “This significant sentence holds Pikus accountable for his leadership role in this scheme and reflects the department’s commitment to protecting our valuable federal healthcare programs and their beneficiaries from this kind of fraud.”