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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Buffalo Doctor Sentenced To Prison For Defrauding University Of Rochester And Filing A False A False Tax Return

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Rochester, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Doron Feldman, 54, of Williamsville, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and filing a false tax return, was sentenced to 24 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution to the University of Rochester totaling $1,460,000. In addition, Feldman must pay $157,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who handled the case, stated that the defendant practiced as an anesthesiologist for CGF Anesthesia and Associates in Buffalo, NY. CGF provided anesthesia services to patients undergoing surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital and other medical facilities in the Rochester, N.Y. area. Between September 2007 and December 2009, Feldman, along with co-defendant Debra Bulter and others, devised a scheme to defraud and obtain money from the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Rochester.

In September 2007, fraudulent invoices were submitted to the Department of Anesthesiology for services that were never provided by Feldman. In her position as Program Administrator for the department, Debra Bulter approved payment of the fraudulent invoices. From 2008 through 2010, the Department of Anesthesiology paid fraudulent fees totaling approximately $1,460,000 with the defendant receiving approximately $630,000 of that amount.

Debra Bulter has been convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering and is awaiting sentencing on March 19, 2015.

The sentencing is the culmination of a joint investigation on the part of the Internal Revenue Service, under the direction of Shantelle P. Kitchen, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Office, and the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge, Boston Division, United States Postal Inspection Service. 

Updated February 24, 2015