In the state of Connecticut a podiatrist has been convicted of 28 felonies involving Medicare Fraud.
Doctor Samir F. Zaky was found guilty on 14 charges of fraudulently billing an insurance provider for surgical procedures he did not perform, and another 14 counts of lying about it.
The prosecution was able to prove that for a one-year period beginning in August of 2012, this errant physician submitted dozens of bills for toenail surgical procedures that were nothing more than simple nail trimmings.
Zaky, age 37 at the time of his arrest, performed his outrageously expensive pedicures at his clinic, known as Affiliated Podiatrists in the city of Brookfield.
The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Deidre Daly. Officers from the New Haven, Ct. branch of the FBI and agents of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), which often takes the lead in health care fraud investigations. According to one investigator, agents were at the doctor’s house for a full day back in 2010 and removed boxes of evidence from the home.
Special Agent Kimberly Mertz said this: “Medicare is in place to provide vital services for our elderly. It does not exist for unscrupulous doctors to use as their personal slush fund.”
Zaky could be sentenced to as much as 200 years in federal prison.
Here is another view of this case: http://www.housatonictimes.com/articles/2012/12/03/news/brookfield/doc50b7dedceaa4a626419763.txt
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The Samir Zaky family emigrated to New England from Egypt. Zaky established a residence in Bethel, Ct after graduating from Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in 2001.
In less than 10 years as a medical practitioner, Zaky learned how easy it is to pilfer the U.S. health care system.
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