Criminal Investigative Updates

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Category: CHAMPVA and Other Healthcare Fraud (VHA)
District: New Jersey
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Keaton Langston, of Booneville, Mississippi, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. Langston owned, operated, had financial interests in, or was affiliated with pharmacies, medical equipment companies, and a laboratory that he used to defraud healthcare benefit programs by paying kickbacks and bribes in exchange for doctors’ orders. As part of the scheme, these companies billed Medicare and other benefit programs approximately $51 million. Langston received approximately $10 million from these reimbursements. The total loss to VA was approximately $330,000. This case was investigated by the VA OIG, FBI, HHS OIG, and Department of Defense OIG, Defense Criminal Investigative Service.

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Category: Theft of Government Funds and Fiduciary Fraud (VBA)
District: Florida, Middle
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Anthony Green, of New Port Richey, Florida, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for theft of government funds. Green’s mother received monthly VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. Following her death in October 2014, the VA continued to send compensation checks to her address. Green forged her signature and deposited the checks into a bank account he controlled. In total, Green knowingly and willfully stole or converted approximately $160,000. He was ordered to pay restitution.

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Category: CHAMPVA and Other Healthcare Fraud (VHA)
District: Massachusetts
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Dr. Donald Salzberg, of Avon, Connecticut, was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release for receiving kickbacks in exchange for ordering medically unnecessary brain scans. Salzberg was also ordered to pay $1.34 million in restitution to Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers. In July 2022, Salzberg pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to receive kickbacks. The scheme resulted in fraudulent bills of over $3 million to Medicare and other insurance programs and companies. The VA OIG, the FBI, the IRS Criminal Investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services OIG, the US Postal Inspection Service, and the Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration investigated this case.   

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Category: CHAMPVA and Other Healthcare Fraud (VHA)
District: Washington, Western
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In May 2018, a relator filed a qui tam complaint against CHI Franciscan Health Care Systems (CHI) in Washington. The lawsuit alleged that from January 2013 to June 2018, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Schoenfelder had been performing medically unnecessary spinal surgeries. The surgeries were billed to Medicare, TRICARE, and VA. CHI will pay $745,654 and Scheonfelder will pay $197,054 to resolve the matter. Schoenfelder retired in 2018 and surrendered his physician license in 2019. The case was investigated by the VA OIG, Department of Health and Human Services OIG, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the Department of Justice.

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Category: Sexually-Based Offenses
District: New York, Northern
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Robert J. Seifert, Jr., of Troy, New York, was indicted on a charge that he groped a paramedic at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in New York. The charge filed against Seifert carries a maximum term of two years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release up to one year. This case is being investigated by the VA OIG and the VA Police Service at the medical center.