Brooklyn Psychiatrist Charged With $100,000 Fraud Following Undercover Probe
Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a psychiatrist practicing one day a week in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn has been charged with stealing nearly $100,000 from taxpayers by inflating the amount of time she spent with Medicaid patients. In some cases, the billings were for days when the doctor was on vacation or out of the office.
Dr. Dana Natalia Glicklich, who maintains a private practice at the Gates-Palmetto Health Care Center, located at 585 Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn, was arraigned today in Brooklyn Supreme Court on a 31-count indictment. She was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, fifteen counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, and fifteen counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. If convicted, she faces up to fifteen years in prison.
"The defendant only worked three to five hours, one day a week, at this Brooklyn health center, yet billed the State for more than $1,000 a day for having provided individual psychotherapy sessions of up to an hour for as many as twenty patients during this short period of time," said Spitzer. "This investigation drives home our message: If you steal taxpayer dollars, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
From January 1995 to December 2000, Dr. Glicklich, 69, of East 20th Street in Manhattan, submitted more than one thousand false reimbursement claims stating that she had provided psychotherapy sessions of more than 37 minutes to various Medicaid recipients when, in fact, the visits were far shorter. In some cases, Dr. Glicklich saw recipients for as little as four minutes, or the billings were for patients who came to the health center to pick up prescriptions while Dr. Glicklich was on vacation.
The investigation was conducted in part by having undercover agents from the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit visit Dr. Glicklich's office posing as Medicaid patients.
Spitzer noted that the matter of Dr. Glicklich's medical license would be referred to the State Health Department's Office of Professional Medical Conduct.
Special Assistant Attorney General Diane M. McFarlane, of the New York City Regional Office of Attorney General Spitzer'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. Glicklich are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.