New York City Physician Pleads Guilty To Grand Larceny
Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a New York City physician has admitted to stealing $100,000 by fraudulently billing the Medicaid Program for services he never rendered.
Surinder P. Singh appeared in New York County Supreme Court before Judge Michael Ambrecht and pleaded guilty to one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree. Singh, 54, of Jersey City, New Jersey, is a solo practicing physician with offices at 27-29 East 124th Street, New York.
Singh, who has already paid $100,000 in restitution to the Medicaid Program, is scheduled to be sentenced on January 23, 2007. He faces up to 2 and 1/3 to 7 years in prison. He also faces a mandatory minimum five year suspension from participation in the Medicaid and Medicare Programs.
According to the Superior Court Information filed with the Court, between January 1, 1997 and November 9, 2005, Singh caused the submission of numerous Medicaid claims that falsely represented he had provided services to Medicaid recipients when in fact he knew he had not rendered those services. In reliance on these false representations, the Medicaid Program paid Singh at least $100,000 to which he was not entitled.
The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Laura J. Meehan of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's Special Projects Unit. Senior Special Investigators Carlos Miranda and Wayne Rivers, Special Investigator Lisa McDonald, Principal Special Auditor Investigator Elizabeth Lanigan and Senior Special Auditor Investigator Meghan Reilly assisted in the investigation.