New York doctor charged with health care fraud

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New York doctor charged with health care fraud

A New York physician was charged with an unreliable indictment on Thursday over a $10 million health care fraud scheme.

The Department of Justice announced that Elemer Raffai, 56, is being charged with health care fraud after signing prescriptions and other order forms for services that were not medically necessary between July 2016 and June 2017, according to the Department of Justice.

Raffai signed prescriptions and other order forms through telemedicine services for durable medical equipment that the Department of Justice claims were not medically necessary.

The Justice Department states that Raffai caused the claims to be submitted based on a short telephone conversation with people he didn't physically examine and evaluate.

The Department of Justice says Raffai was partially convinced to make prescriptions and orders due to the payments of bribes and kickbacks.

The indictment also alleges that Raffai and other individuals submitted or caused $10 million in false and fraudulent claims to be submitted to Medicare, which paid more than $4 million on the claims.

If convicted, the physician faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.