A neurologist in Brooklyn NY pleaded guilty in filing fraudulent claims that involved Medicare, the US Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, various private health insurance companies, the NY State Workers' Compensation Board, and the NY State Insurance Fund.
The announcement was made by the US Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services that Dr. Leonard Langman pled guilty to one count of health care fraud before US District Court Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto in Brooklyn. The sentence facing Dr. Langman is currently at a maximum of 10 years in prison. The sentencing date has been set for December 2, 2011.
Dr. Langman was found, according to court documents, to have participating in the filing of false and fraudulent claims from January 2006 to December 2009. Claims were submitted by the doctor for services not rendered. He was also found to have misrepresented the services he did provide and had double-billed some benefits programs for the same services. Dr. Langman was also discovered to have billed for services he supposedly performed while he was located outside of the United States.
The initial investigation was launched as a part of a Medicare Fraud Strike Force which is under the supervision of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and the US Attorney General's Office for the Eastern District of New York. Since the creation of the task force, more than 1000 defendants who bilked the Medicare system out of more than $2.3 billion have been identified.