BROOKLYN PHYSICAL THERAPY WORKERS PLEAD GUILTY TO $3.4 FRAUD

Photobucket BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Justice announced three guilty pleas in the case of the Solstice Wellness Center Medicare fraud scheme. Dmitry Shteyman, Aleksey Shteyman and Maxsim Shvedkin entered the guilty pleas, each to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold.
The three defendants concocted a scheme to pay kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries to coax the beneficiaries into visiting Solstice. The defendants even arranged transport to and from Solstice in order for the patients to receive therapy, diagnostic tests and physicians’ services; the three admitted they had billed Medicare for $3.4 in services and tests that were not medical necessities, or in some instances, not performed.
Sentencing for Dmitry Shteyman is set for October 20, 2011. Dates for the other defendants have not been scheduled. Other individuals also pleading guilty for their role in the scheme: Sara Kalantarov, an employee of Solstice and Yefim Drakhler, a Medicare beneficiary. Others charged in the scheme: Ilya Gershkovich, Evgeny Gil, Yefim Kornfeld, Valentina Mushinskaya, Shelya Pinskaya and Vladimir Rubin; trial for these individuals is set to begin October 2011.