The U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut recently announced that Michael Lonski, a Greenwich psychologist, pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud. Lonski admitted to billing insurers for services that were not rendered, including for deceased patients, and for dates of service when he was out of the country, or his medical partner was out of the country, or when he was hospitalized.
The fraudulent claims resulted in reimbursements of over $2.6 million, including over $1.1 million from the Connecticut Medicaid program, $119,000 from Medicare, and the rest from commercial insurers. Lonski will pay full restitution and faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in March.
In 2002, Lonski settled a federal healthcare fraud lawsuit in New York. At that time, he agreed to pay $4 million in restitution and was excluded from participating in the Medicare program for four years before being reinstated.
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