Former Massachusetts Resident Sentenced for Health Care Fraud and Identity Theft
CONCORD, N.H. – Christopher Rabbia, also known as Christopher Mirabella, was sentenced today in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to 48 months in prison, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas. Rabbia previously pled guilty to a criminal information charging him with health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Rabbia admitted that he used another person’s identification information in order to obtain health care services at various locations, including Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He also admitted that he used the other person’s identification information because the other person had health insurance under the federal Medicare program. Since Rabbia falsely represented himself to be another person, the Medicare and Medicaid programs paid for Rabbia’s health care services.
Rabbia will serve 24 months in prison for the health care fraud conviction and an additional 24 months in prison for the aggravated identity theft conviction. In addition to his prison sentence, Rabbia was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $33,374.29 to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
The case was investigated by Special Agents of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Ogunquit, Maine Police Department also provided assistance in the investigation.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Farley.