Manhattan Psychiatrist And Medicaid Recipient Charged With $50,000 Medicaid Fraud
Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a Harlem psychiatrist has been charged with stealing more than $50,000 from taxpayers, in part, by allowing one of his patients, a Medicaid recipient, to treat patients. The Medicaid recipient has also been charged in the theft.
Dr. John Bolling and Eric Westry were arraigned late yesterday afternoon before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice John A.K. Bradley on a 31-count indictment. They were charged with the crimes of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, and Offering a False Instrument For Filing in the First Degree. If convicted, they each face up to 15 years in prison.
According to prosecutors, in carrying out a five-year scheme, Dr. Bolling allowed Westry, an unlicensed counselor and Medicaid recipient, to treat patients. Dr. Bolling then billed the Medicaid program as if he himself had provided the psychotherapy sessions. In addition, Dr. Bolling defrauded Medicaid by inflating the amount of time he actually spent treating patients, and by billing for many "phantom" patient sessions that never took place.
"The taxpayer-funded Medicaid system was designed to assist citizens in need, and my office will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute those individuals who steal from the taxpayers of this state," said Spitzer.
Dr. Bolling, 61, maintains a practice at his residence at 203 West 138th Street in Manhattan. He was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, thirteen counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, and seventeen counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.
Westry, 33, of 61 Brentwood Drive in Waterbury, Connecticut, is a school counselor for the Waterbury school system. He was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and eight counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree.
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.
Special Assistant Attorney General Cassandra Bethel, 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. Bolling and Westry are accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.