Earlier today in federal court in Central Islip, Peter Adamczak, a licensed chiropractor in East Meadow, Long Island, pleaded guilty to health care fraud by billing a private insurance company more than $1 million for acupuncture services. The proceedings were held before United States Magistrate Arlene R. Lindsay.
Brian Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael Driscoll, Assistant Director of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and New York State Inspector General Lucy Lang announced. Charge of guilt.
“Adamczak played the insurance company for acupuncture services he didn’t receive,” said U.S. Attorney Pease. “As a health care professional, Adamczak was expected to uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity, and he failed both miserably. This office will continue to hold health care providers accountable for fraud and abuse.
New York State Inspector General Lucy Lang said, “False medical claims endanger the safety of sick and injured New Yorkers and drive down the cost of driving for all of us.” “We are grateful to our colleagues at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York for their cooperation in protecting the integrity of our health care system.” I.G. He thanked Deputy Inspector General, Long Island Office Jean Carsey, Downstate Office Audit Director Giovanni Leotin, Investigative Auditor Angelus Okeke and Detective Mario Rubino for their work on the investigation.
According to court filings and facts presented during the appeals process, from 2016 to 2020, Adamczak made more than $1 million in fraudulent claims to private insurance companies. Adamczak was not licensed to practice acupuncture, but said the services were performed by an unrelated acupuncturist renting office space from the defendant. Neither the unrelated acupuncturist nor Adamczak performed paid acupuncture services. Based on Adamczak’s claims of fraud, the private insurance company paid approximately $994,838.16 in restitution to its beneficiaries, who in turn forwarded the payment to Adamczak. In one case, a user who was Adamczak’s relative deposited the refund checks into their personal bank account.
Assistant United States Attorney John Vagelatos is in charge of the prosecution. Assistant United States Attorney Claire Kedeshian of the Bureau’s Asset Recovery Division is handling the disappearance cases.
Huntington, New York
EDNY Docket No. 22-CR-287 (JS).