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Ohio foot doc allegedly double-bills $1.1M to Medicare, Medicaid

March 28, 2019, Mentor, OH — A Mentor podiatrist convicted in a mortgage-fraud scheme now faces charges that he defrauded Medicare and Medicaid by submitting claims worth more than $1.1 million for treatment he provided, even though he was prohibited from doing so.

Dr. Robert Rosenstein executed a scheme through Community Foot & Ankle of Mentor, the company at which he practiced, to receive money for claims submitted to both programs, according to charging documents filed Wednesday.

He did so by hiding from Medicare and Medicaid that he was the true owner of his practice, even though he could not participate in either program. Federal prosecutors said Medicare was billed for more than $968,000 in services Rosenstein performed, and Medicare was billed more than $219,000. All of the claims, submitted between 2014 and 2018, said another podiatrist provided the services, according to the charging documents.

Rosenstein is charged with health care fraud. Federal prosecutors charged him by way of a criminal information, which usually means a plea agreement is forthcoming.

The podiatrist was convicted in 2013 of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He admitted to acting as a straw buyer for real estate in Florida for Jack Coppenger, an Akron man who led a mortgage fraud scheme. Dozens were convicted in the investigation.

Coppenger was sentenced in 2013 to ten years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge John Adams placed Rosenstein on five years’ probation in May 2013 and ordered him to pay more than $1.9 million in restitution.

The State Medical Board of Ohio suspended Rosenstein’s medical license in December 2013. It reinstated his license the following March.

Source: Cleveland.com

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