SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Neil Van Dyck, 64, of Roseville, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine for committing healthcare fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Van Dyck was a California-licensed podiatrist who operated a podiatry practice in Roseville called Placer Podiatry. Van Dyck offered “spa”-like treatments and performed routine foot care at his practice. Between 2009 and 2014, however, Van Dyck submitted over $2.8 million in fraudulent claims for reimbursement to Medicare, Medi-Cal, Tricare and private insurers. He falsely claimed that he performed more expensive procedures than he actually performed, or that the routine foot care that was provided was justified because of illness or symptoms that were not present. Often the treatments were performed by unlicensed staff, sometimes when Van Dyck was not present at his practice. Additionally, Van Dyck altered a single-use skincare patch by cutting it into pieces and billed Medicare for multiple applications. In 2011, in response to a request for documents from an investigator for Medicare, Van Dyck altered patients’ medical records to justify his fraudulent bills. Medicare, Medi-Cal, Tricare, and the private insurers paid Van Dyck over $1 million for his fraudulent claims.
“Van Dyck schemed to increase his profits at the expense of patients and taxpayers,” said Steven Ryan, Special Agent in Charge for the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Instead, along with our law enforcement partners, my agents ensured that he ended up paying a high price, indeed, for his criminal actions.”
The Court previously entered an order requiring Van Dyck forfeited $1.2 million from a retirement account into which proceeds of the healthcare fraud scheme were traced. Most of this money is expected to be used to pay restitution to the insurance victims. The date for a further restitution hearing is set for May 27, 2016.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Todd A. Pickles prosecuted the case.