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Three Brooklyn doctors busted for $44 million health care scheme

December 18, 2017 By Paul Frangipane Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Three Brooklyn men were indicted in federal court for a $44 million health care fraud scheme. Eagle file photo by Paul Frangipane
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Three owners of diagnostic testing companies in Brooklyn were indicted for engaging in a $44 million health care scam of public programs, officials announced Monday.

Tea Kaganovich, 45, Ramazi Mitaishvili, 57 and Syora Iskanderova, 42, costed taxpayers at least $19 million in false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and other public programs between January 2014 and December 2016, according to a U.S. Attorney statement.

The trio operated the scheme out of 10 Brooklyn diagnostic testing facilities they owned by paying kickbacks for patient referrals that they could get insurance claims from testing. The claims allegedly misrepresented which testing company actually performed the services.

Court documents show the three were paid at least $19 million on $44 million in claims.

They then allegedly disguised their illegal funds with shell companies.

Kaganovich and Mitaishvili co-owned Sophisticated Imaging, East Coast Diagnostics, East Shore Diagnostics, East West Management and RM Global. Iskanderova owned Global Testing, Liberty Mobile Imagine, Liberty Mobile Testing, Med Tech Services and Scanwell Diagnostics.

They were all charged with health care fraud, making false claims to a federal agency, conspiracy to pay health care kickbacks and money laundering.

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