New York physician sentenced to prison for billing fraud

A podiatrist in New York was sentenced to one year and a day in prison July 19 for his role in a healthcare fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice.

The sentencing came after Hal Abrahamson, DPM, pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud in June. According to the plea proceeding and court documents, Dr. Abrahamson used several fraudulent billing techniques from January 2013 until January 2017.

Dr. Abrahamson billed for services that were never performed and billed for more expensive procedures than those actually provided, according to the Justice Department. He also routinely submitted fraudulent claims for his work under another podiatrist's name. The other podiatrist had a higher reimbursement rate, according to the Justice Department.

In addition to the prison term, Dr. Abrahamson was ordered to pay restitution of $869,651, a $50,000 fine and forfeit $177,000.

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