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October 15, 2020

Physical Therapist Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Participating in $30 Million Scheme To Defraud Medicare And Medicaid

A New York Physical therapist, Hatem Behiry, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for his participation in a $30 million scheme to defraud Medicare and the New York State Medicaid Program (“Medicaid”).  Between 2007 and late 2012, Behiry pretended to provide physical therapy services to patients and falsified medical records in a fraudulent scheme to bill Medicare and Medicaid for non-existent services. Aleksandr Burman – who is currently serving a 10-year prison term for his participation in this scheme – owned and operated six medical clinics in Brooklyn that fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid approximately $30 million for medical services and supplies that were not provided. As part of this scheme, three medical doctors falsely posed as the owners of the Clinics, signing various fraudulent documents that falsely represented to banks, Medicare, Medicaid, and others that they were the owners of the clinics.