NEWARK – A retired federal employee was sentenced to 23 months in prison for cheating a government insurance program by making fake claims over an eight-year period, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Fawzi Saleh, 70, of East Brunswick had previously pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Saleh was employed at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in East Orange from July 1995 until his retirement in January 2008. Saleh and his wife subscribed to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, a health care benefits program offered to federal employees and their families.
Saleh admitted that from June 2001 through June 2009, he submitted numerous false claims to for medical expenses that he and his wife had purportedly incurred while in Egypt. In those claims, Saleh alleged that he and his wife had received medical care at a hospital in Cairo on numerous occasions between June 2000 and October 2008, when they had not. He then received checks that reimbursed him tens of thousands of dollars for portions of the purported expenses.
In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge Faith S. Hochberg imposed two years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine. Saleh was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $253,727.
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