Russian-speaking mistress of clinics in New York sentenced to 7 years in prison
The owner of two medical clinics in New York was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment for health care fraud in the amount of $ 55 million.
47-year-old Valentina Kovalenko from Brooklyn and owner Prime Care on the Bay and Bensonhurst Mega Medical Care was convicted of money laundering, and also ordered to pay a fine in excess of $ 29 million.
Back in October 2015, Kovalenko pleaded guilty to money laundering in healthcare Medicate (for Americans older than 65 years) and Medicaid.
In addition, Kovalenko wrote checks to third-party companies that allegedly provided services to clinics, and the money paid was instead used for regular bribes to patients.
Kovalenko worked not alone. She conspired with at least 20 individuals who also pleaded guilty. Among them are former directors. Prime Care on the Bay and Bensonhurst Mega Medical Care, six therapists, a physiotherapist, three ambulance drivers, the owner of several fictitious money laundering companies and former patients who received illegal kickbacks.
In recent years, hundreds of doctors from the former Soviet Union have been prosecuted in the United States for multi-million dollar frauds.
Ранее ForumDaily reported that the Florida police uncovered a large corruption schemecreated by Russian immigrants. In frauds with benefits for the poor, among others, the famous hockey player Sergei Berezin was implicated. The main organizer of fraud is considered Irma Davidyanwhich, according to investigators, bribed employees of the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Social Security Administration to process applications for state benefits.
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