The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced Thursday that an orthopedic surgeon had been arrested and charged with healthcare fraud.
According to a press release, the surgeon, 56-year-old Dr. Elemer Raffai, is accused of allegedly submitting false claims to Medicare in exchange for kickbacks from telemedicine companies.
“These allegations describe a physician who is more motivated by personal enrichment than his duty to provide appropriate and necessary care to his patients,” said HHS-OIG Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert in a statement.
“Dr. Raffai is accused not only of disregarding proper patient care, but also of pilfering funds from a program upon which millions of citizens depend for health services,” Lampert continued.