Physician Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud Violation

October 10, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on October 10, 2012 released the following:

“NEW ORLEANS— Dr. Jack Voight, age 81, of Metairie, Louisiana pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Court Judge Lance M. Africk to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the second superseding indictment, Voight participated in a criminal organization for the purpose of fraudulently billing Medicare and Medicaid. Patients went to the medical clinics for medical tests that were not performed and not medically necessary. Patients were moved between the various clinics to repeatedly perform the same unnecessary tests. According to the superseding bill of information and indictment, the doctors, including Voight, gave the patients prescriptions for drugs, usually narcotics, for their cooperation.

Thereafter, bills for the false and unnecessary services were submitted to Medicaid and Medicare by a third party medical claims processing and billing company that worked with other New Orleans-area clinics that have already entered guilty pleas.

Count 32 of the superseding indictment carries a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment. Sentencing for Voight has been set for January 10, 2012.

Artem Gasparyan, Anahit Petrosyan, Vadim Mysak, Daria Litvinova, Ernestine Girod, Anna Aivazova, Aram Khlgatian, Jo Ann Girod; and the medical clinics, Health Plus Consulting Inc., Saturn Medical Group, New Millennium Medical Group, Inc.; and the biller, Solo Lucky Claims Processing Inc., have already pleaded guilty and most are awaiting sentence.

The investigation was conducted by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; and the Louisiana Department of Justice, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrice Harris Sullivan, G. Dall Kammer, and Jordan Ginsberg.”

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Chicago, Illinois Man Arrested on Tax Fraud Charges

March 3, 2010

Casey Szaflarski has been arrested for allegedly assisting a criminal organization operate gambling activities as well as for alleged tax fraud. According to the indictment, Szaflarski was charged with conducting an illegal gambling business since 2002. Szaflarski is also accused of failing to report over than $255,000 of business income during the time period of 2004 through 2006. In addition, he is accused of failing to file a federal income tax return for 2007.

These charges were brought in a superseding indictment in United States v. Polchan, et al., a criminal case in which seven other defendants have been indicted on racketeering conspiracy charges for alleged criminal activity, including illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, and arson. Szaflasrki has not been charged in the racketeering conspiracy or arson counts. However, he has been charged with conducting an illegal gambling business with co-defendants Michael Sarno and Mark Polchan.

The counts against Szaflarski  carry  maximum terms of incarceration of five years for operating an illegal gambling business; three years for filing false federal income tax returns; and one year for failing to file a federal income tax return. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000, with the exception of the failing to file count; that count is a misdemeanor and carries a maximum fine of $100,000.

What is most concerning about tax crimes is not only the maximum statutory punishments available but also the costs associated with being convicted of such a crime. Defendants convicted of tax offenses must be assessed mandatory costs of prosecution and remain liable for back taxes, interest, and penalties owed. This serves to make the consequences of these crimes all the more serious.

If you have been charged or believe you may be charged with a tax crime or any federal crime, you should get proactive and contact an experienced federal criminal defense attorney to aid you in defending your freedom. The consequences are too serious to ignore.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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