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New York foot doc refuses to toe the line, repays $410,000

July 13, 2017, Albany, NY — A foot doctor with offices in Albany and Hudson pleaded guilty earlier this week to health-care fraud for illegally charging Medicare and private insurance companies for services he never provided, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York.

Dr. Perrin D. Edwards, 64, also paid $410,000 to the federal government to resolve civil claims for submission of false claims for payment.

The podiatrist, who lives in Kinderhook, admitted to providing services he knew were not covered by insurance, submitting claims for procedures he did not perform and providing other services, like trimming toenails, for patients who had no underlying conditions to allow those services to be covered. His actions involved adding false information to patients' records.

Edwards is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 14. He faces up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release after prison and a possible fine.

Edwards's guilty plea was entered as part of a nationwide law enforcement operation targeting health care fraud, announced Thursday by the federal Department of Justice. The action involved 412 charged defendants across 41 federal districts, involving about $1.3 billion in false billings.

Source: Times Union

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