Medical Transporter Admits Medicaid Fraud (North Country Gazette)
From the North Country Gazette:
“The owner of a Westchester County transportation company has admitted to stealing more than $400,000 from the state Medicaid program by fraudulently billing for hundreds of rides that never took place and for rides that were not authorized by medical practitioners.
Meir Sassoon, president of Saswitz Corporation, appeared before Westchester County Court Judge Rory J. Bellantoni, on Sept.1 and pleaded guilty to every count of an indictment which charged him with one count of grand larceny in the second degree and 25 counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. The defendant agreed to make full restitution to the New York State Medicaid program, in the sum of $437,845.51, before sentencing on Sept. 28.. Saswitz Corporation previously pled guilty to grand larceny in the second degree.
Sentencing for both Meir Sassoon and Saswitz Corporation was set for Wednesday.
The Saswitz Corporation transported Medicaid recipients whose trips were authorized by Westchester County Department of Social Services based on a certification by a medical practitioner that the transportation was medically necessary. Sassoon admitted that between January 1997 and October 2003, he fraudulently obtained authorization for trips by providing phony medical certifications to the county and that he subsequently billed Medicaid for these trips. He also admitted that he billed for some trips that were not provided for medical purposes and for some that never occurred. 9-27-05”