Brooklyn Neurologist Pleads Guilty in Health Care Fraud Scheme
On July 6, 2011, Dr. Leonard Langman, a neurologist who owned and operated a Brooklyn, N.Y. medical clinic, pled guilty to one count of health care fraud for his role in a scheme to defraud Medicare, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (NYS-WCB), the New York State Insurance Fund (SIF) and various private health insurance carriers.
According to court documents, from January 2006 to December 2009, Dr. Langman caused false and fraudulent claims to be submitted for services that were not provided; misrepresented the services he provided by billing for a level of service higher than that which he performed; double-billed different health care benefit programs for the same service provided to the same beneficiary; and billed for services purportedly performed when he was out of the country.
Dr. Langman is now facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
This case was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, supervised by the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Since the HEAT Strike Force’s inception in March 2007, operations in nine locations have charged more than 1,000 defendants who collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for more than $2.3 billion. The action against Dr. Langman evidences that HEAT enforcement shows no signs of relenting.
To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) or government investigations and litigation, please contact Robert S. Iwrey, Esq. at (248) 996-8510 or (212) 734-0128 or visit the HLP website.