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Post date: June 22 2001

Convicted Psychologist Sentenced To Jail

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a Schenectady psychologist, convicted for his role in stealing over $200,000 from Medicaid and Medicare, has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for failing to comply with the terms of his original sentence.

"We must hold people accountable," said Spitzer. "Those who steal public funds meant for the sick and needy are on notice that the penalty will be stiff if they try to avoid paying the price for their actions."

Norman Goldman, 59, of 1412 Union Street in Schenectady, was convicted in November 1998 of one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree. He was sentenced in February 1999 to five years' probation, and ordered to perform 4,000 hours of community service and to repay $54,364 in restitution.

Goldman earlier this year was violated by the Schenectady County Probation Department for non-payment of the restitution. As a result, Schenectady County Court Judge Michael Eidens yesterday revoked Goldman's probation and ordered him to serve 90 days in the county jail. He was immediately remanded.

Spitzer noted that Goldman earlier this week paid a restitution balance of $36,460 to his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, but still owed 5% ($1,822) to the Schenectady County Probation Department.

According to prosecutors, Goldman, who worked at Balanced Living Counseling Services, an unlicensed alcohol and substance abuse clinic, allowed the facility's counselors to bill for services using his Medicaid and Medicare numbers as though he had provided the service. As a result, Goldman signed off on thousands of patient claim forms indicating that he had provided one-hour counseling sessions when, in fact, he never saw a single patient.

Goldman was one of five people - including the clinic's owner, Sandra Cantine - charged in connection with the scheme. The other four individuals were also convicted.

In June 2000, the State Education Department's Office of the Professions revoked Goldman's license for professional misconduct.

Special Assistant Attorney General John M. Meekins, Director of the Albany Regional Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, handled the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.