Doctor Charged In Alleged Kickback Scheme Involving A Philadelphia Hospice
PHILADELPHIA – Eugene Goldman M.D., 54, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., was charged in an alleged kickback scheme arising from his employment as a medical director at Home Care Hospice Inc. (HCH), a hospice care provider in Philadelphia, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Goldman was arrested this morning by agents with FBI and Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
The indictment, unsealed today, charges Goldman, also known as Yevgeniy Goldman, with violations of the federal anti-kickback statute and a conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback statute. According to the indictment, Goldman was a physician licensed by and practicing in the state of Pennsylvania between December 2000 and March 2009 and served as the medical director of HCH between December 2000 and July 2011. Goldman allegedly regularly referred Medicare or Medicaid patient beneficiaries to HCH.
HCH was co-owned by Matthew Kolodesh, who is charged in a separate indictment, and hospice director for HCH Alex Pugman, also charged separately. HCH was a for-profit business that provided hospice services for patients at nursing homes, hospitals and private residences.
According to the indictment unsealed today, HCH paid kickbacks to Goldman in checks drawn on an HCH bank account or in cash. To conceal the fact that kickbacks were paid, the indictment alleges that HCH and Goldman entered a written contract to create the false appearance that all payments to Goldman from HCH were for services rendered in Goldman’s capacity as medical director for HCH.
The indictment further alleges that from January 2004 to October 2008, HCH made payments to Goldman totaling approximately $228,773 for Medicare and Medicaid patient referrals. Finally, the indictment charges that on five separate occasions between January and March 2009, Goldman solicited and received payments by cash and/or checks for patient referrals.
For count one, the maximum penalty for a conspiracy violation is five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. A conviction also results in mandatory exclusion from participation in any federal health care program.
For counts two through six, the maximum penalty for an anti-kickback statute violation is five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. A conviction also results in mandatory exclusion from participation in any federal health care program.
The case was investigated by the FBI in Philadelphia and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne B. Ercole and Trial Attorney Margaret Vierbuchen of the Organized Crime and Gang Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
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