Podiatrists Plead Guilty To Fraud
Jacksonville, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that William Danzeisen (60, Ponte Vedra Beach), a licensed podiatrist, and Sachin Brahmbhatt (37, Jacksonville), an unlicensed podiatrist, have pleaded guilty to theft of government property. Each faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The sentencing hearings have been set for January 30, 2018.
According to the plea agreement, Danzeisen and Brahmbhatt owned and operated Nourish Foot Care, a medical spa and mobile podiatric service that provided podiatry services to residents of long-term care facilities across northeast Florida. They defrauded Medicare by billing for medical services not rendered by a licensed podiatrist. Since Brahmbhatt was an unlicensed podiatrist, he was unable to bill Medicare. Danzeisen billed Medicare representing that he had performed podiatry care when the care had been provided by Brahmbhatt. Since 2015, $121,537.50 in false and fraudulent claims were submitted to Medicare.
This case was investigated by U.S. Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Taylor.