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Owner of Brighton-Based Physical Therapy Clinic Pleads Guilty to Fraud Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Boston woman pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to her role in a scheme to defraud an insurance provider for physical therapy services that were not provided to patients.  

Gyulnara Bayryshova, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for July 13, 2023. Bayryshova was indicted in February 2021 along with co-defendants Anna Barenboym, Slava Pride and Raya Bagardi.

Bayryshova was the owner of Brighton Physical Therapy (BPT), a Brighton-based physical therapy clinic. From October 2018 through June 2020, Bayryshova and her co-defendants conspired to cause an insurance company to reimburse them for physical therapy services that were not actually provided and/or were not medically necessary and, in some cases, were provided by individuals not licensed to provide the services. Specifically, Bayryshova and her co-defendants falsely billed for services purportedly rendered to patients injured in automobile accidents when the services were not actually provided. BPT also paid patients for referrals and referred patients to attorneys to assist with patients’ insurance settlements. 

Bayryshova is the last remaining defendant to plead guilty in the case. Barenboym, Pride and Bagardi previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and are scheduled to be sentenced on May 10, 2023, May 24, 2023 and July 11, 2023, respectively.

The charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud provides a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Anthony DiPaolo, Chief of Investigations of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts; Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox; and Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura J. Kaplan of Rollins’ Criminal Division is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 7, 2023

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