Manhattan Psychiatrist And Medicaid Recipient Admit To Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a Harlem psychiatrist accused of stealing from the Medicaid program and allowing one of his patients, a Medicaid recipient, to treat patients has pleaded guilty to grand larceny.

Appearing earlier this week before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles H. Solomon, Dr. John Bolling pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and agreed to repay $184,320 to the state Medicaid program for services never rendered. His former patient, Eric Westry, pleaded guilty to Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree for his participation in the fraud.

Sentencing was set for November 19.

According to prosecutors, Dr. Bolling was originally charged with allowing Westry, an unlicensed counselor and Medicaid recipient, to treat patients. Bolling then billed the Medicaid program as if he himself had provided the psychotherapy sessions. In addition, Bolling was charged with defrauding Medicaid by inflating the amount of time he spent treating patients, and by billing for many "phantom" patient sessions that never took place.

"This kind of fraud not only cheats the taxpayers and patients but also undermines the credibility of legitimate providers treating New York's neediest citizens," said Attorney General Spitzer. "My office will aggressively pursue and prosecute those who steal from the Medicaid program and the taxpayers of this state."

Dr. Bolling, 62, maintains a practice at his residence at 203 West 138th Street in Manhattan. Westry, 33, of 61 Brentwood Drive in Waterbury, Connecticut, is a school counselor for the Waterbury school system.

Spitzer noted that his office has referred the case to the state Health Department's Office of Professional Medical Conduct for a review of Dr. Bolling's medical license.