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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Brooklyn Owner Of Durable Medical Equipment Companies Pleads Guilty To Participating In $9 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

Geoffrey S.  Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced that GREG MILLER pled guilty today to participating in a $9 million scheme to defraud providers of “no-fault” insurance plans.  As part of the scheme, MILLER and his co-conspirators billed insurance companies millions of dollars for expensive durable medical equipment that was never provided to patients.  MILLER pled guilty before United States District Court Judge Katherine Polk Failla.     

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “As he admitted in court today, Greg Miller exploited New York’s no-fault auto insurance system by billing millions of dollars for durable medical equipment that was never actually provided to patients, was medically unnecessary, or was far more expensive than the equipment that was provided.  Now Miller awaits sentencing for his crime.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “When private health care programs are abused, the financial burden is typically passed on to consumers of these programs by way of increased premiums and other means of supporting services provided by the company.  This is in no way a victimless crime, as it translates into very real numbers for those who pay into these health care programs.  Miller’s conduct was just another way to make a quick profit at the expense of others, and this type of behavior can’t be tolerated.” 

As alleged in the Information filed today in Manhattan federal court:

Between 2014 and 2019, GREG MILLER employed other individuals to serve as the nominal owners of at least two durable medical equipment (“DME”) supply companies located in Brooklyn, New York.  MILLER, the true owner and operator of the companies, directed these individuals to submit fraudulent bills to private insurance companies that provided “no-fault” insurance plans.  Under New York State law, a company that insures a vehicle involved in an accident is required to provide reimbursement for certain treatments and services provided to the vehicle occupants, regardless of who was at fault in the accident.  These treatments and services may include DME if the DME is necessary and actually provided.  The bills submitted by MILLER’s companies were fraudulent because, among other things, the bills were for DME that was never provided to patients, for DME that was medically unnecessary, or for expensive DME purportedly provided to patients when the DME in fact provided to patients was inexpensive DME.        

MILLER, 60, pled guilty to one count of conspiring to commit health care fraud and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.  As part of his plea, MILLER agreed to forfeit $3,698,010 and to pay at least that amount in restitution.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of FBI’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force.

The prosecution of this case is being handled by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy V. Capozzi is in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Health Care Fraud
Contact: 
Jim Margolin, Nicholas Biase (212) 637-2600
Press Release Number: 
20-068
Updated February 18, 2020