On Monday, December 10, 2012, Boris Sachakov, MD, a colorectal surgeon, was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison for Medicare and private insurance fraud for billing for procedures such as hemorrhoidectomies that he never performed. On June 13, 2012, Dr. Sachakov was found guilty by a jury of one count of health care fraud and five counts of health care false statements after a 2-week trial in federal court. At trial, 11 of his patients testified that they never received the surgeries and medical services for which Dr. Sachakov had billed their insurance companies. In addition, when confronted by 2 of the insurance companies for allegations of billing for services not rendered, Dr. Sachakov sent letters to his patients asking them to falsely certify that they did receive the surgeries. Dr. Sachakov was charged with submitting more than $22.6 million in false claims and receiving more than $9 million from those claims.
In addition, on December 10, 2012, Ho Yon Kim, M.D. plead guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Dr. Kim admitted that he conspired with others in 2 Brooklyn clinics to induce Medicare beneficiaries to allow the clinics to bill their Medicare numbers for services that were never rendered or medical unnecessary in exchange for a variety of spa services (e.g., facials, massages), lunches and dance classes.