Bronx Doctor Charged With $360,000 Medicaid Theft

Attorney General Spitzer today announced the arrest of a Bronx physician for stealing more than $360,000 from taxpayers by fraudulently billing for hundreds of patient visits that never took place, as well as flooding the streets with medically unnecessary prescriptions.

Mahendra Gupta, a physician with offices at 1575 Grand Concourse, submitted numerous fake reimbursement claims, alleging that he had performed examinations on various Medicaid patients. Dr. Gupta, in fact, did not perform any medical exams or treat the patients in any way, other than prescribing multiple medications that were either unnecessary or inadvisable based on the patients' claimed illnesses.

"With no consideration for the health of the patient or the medical necessity of the drugs, Dr. Gupta flagrantly disregarded his Hippocratic oath for personal financial gain," said Spitzer. "Let this case drive home our message: If you are stealing from State taxpayers, we will find you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."

Dr. Gupta, 56, of 6 Theis Lane in Blauvelt, was arraigned late yesterday afternoon in Bronx Supreme Court before Justice Dennis Boyle on a nine-count indictment, charging him with two counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and seven counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree. If convicted, he faces up to fifteen years in prison.

Spitzer thanked the State Health Department for referring the matter to his office.

Special Assistant Attorney General John Fusto, of the New York City Regional Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, is prosecuting the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.

The charges against Dr. Gupta are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.