West Roxbury Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Physical Therapy Clinic Fraud Scheme
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
BOSTON – A West Roxbury man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with a scheme to defraud multiple insurance providers for physical therapy services that were not provided to patients.
Slava Pride, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to two years in prison and two years of supervised release. Pride was also ordered to pay restitution of $2,301,645. In November 2022, Pride pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Pride was indicted in February 2021 along with co-defendants Anna Barenboym, Gyulnara Bayryshova and Raya Bagardi. Pride pleaded guilty in November 2022.
Pride was a physical therapy assistant at Brighton Physical Therapy (BPT), a Brighton-based physical therapy clinic owned by Bayryshova. Barenboym and Bagardi were also employed at BPT as a licensed physical therapist and a licensed physical therapist assistant, respectively. According to the charging documents, from October 2018 through June 2020, Pride and his co-defendants conspired to cause multiple insurance companies 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, Pride and, allegedly, his co-defendants falsely billed for services purportedly rendered to patients injured in automobile accidents when the services were not actually provided. It is further alleged that BPT paid patients for referrals, referred patients to attorneys to assist with patients’ insurance settlements and accepted kickbacks from those attorneys in return.
Pride was one of three defendants to plead guilty in the case. Barenboym and Bagardi previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and are scheduled to be sentenced on August 3, 2023 and July 19, 2023, respectively.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Christopher DiMenna, Acting 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 Mark Kennedy made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura J. Kaplan of the Criminal Division prosecuted the case.
Updated July 13, 2023