A father and son who operated an ambulette company on Long Island have admitted to a multi-million kickback scheme.
Igor Radinovskiy, 60, and Aleksandr Radinovskiy, 37, both of Brooklyn, the co-owners of Sabe Ambulette Services in Brooklyn and North Bellmore, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to offer and pay health care kickbacks and one count of conspiracy to defraud the lawful functions of the IRS.
The two admitted to paying kickbacks to co-conspirator drivers who recruited Medicaid beneficiaries for transportation to clinics in Brooklyn and Queens, referring them to Radinovskiy’s company.
United States Attorney Richard Donoghue said that the drivers were not enrolled in the Medicaid program, nor were they authorized to bill Medicaid for the transportation.
The Radinovskiy’s whose ambulette company was enrolled in Medicaid, billed the government for the drivers’ services, keeping 15 to 20 percent of the Medicaid reimbursement and kicking back 80 to 85 percent to the unauthorized drivers, Donoghue said.
In total, from January 2008 through April last year, the Radinovskiy’s paid more than $8.6 million in kickbacks.
Donoghue said that from 2008 through 2013, the pair filed false tax returns, reporting the kickback payments as legitimate business expenses, under-reporting business income and claiming false business deductions.
“The Radinovskiys used their ambulette company as a vehicle to falsely bill Medicaid for transportation services performed by drivers who were not enrolled in the Medicaid program, in exchange for kickbacks from the defendants,” Donoghue stated. “With today’s guilty pleas, the defendants have been held accountable for this scheme that they carried out at the expense of the taxpayer-funded program.”
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