Last year, authorities arrested Dr. Billy Geris of Staten Island, New York, as well as dozens of other persons and nine other physicians, who the government alleged were involved in “medical fraud mills,” in which persons involved in automobile accidents were given allegedly medically unnecessary treatments in order to defraud insurance companies. The doctors were alleged to be straw owners of the clinics. The scheme allegedly caused $279 million in losses. On Tuesday, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York acquitted Dr. Geris.
This is also Dr. Geris’ second acquittal in the Southern District of New York. He was charged in 2011, with 91 other defendants, and subsequently acquitted, for allegedly participating in a scheme to pay kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries for medically unnecessary services, which resulted in losses of $295 million.
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