Medical Supply Store Operators Sentenced To Prison For Medicaid Fraud

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TRENTON — The operators of a Highland Park medical supply store were sentenced to three years in state prison today for their roles in a scheme that cost the state’s Medicaid program at least $150,000, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced.

In addition to the prison sentence, Marina Finkel, 50, of Old Bridge, and Yelena Medvedik, 41, of Holmdel, were also ordered to pay a total of $300,000, which includes restitution and a civil penalty. Finkel and Medvedik will also be debarred from participating in the Medicaid program for eight years.

The defendants, who pleaded guilty on Oct. 3 to charges of second-degree conspiracy and second-degree health care claims fraud, had operated DNT Medical LLC, a.k.a. Comfort Health in Highland Park. Between Oct. 3, 2006 and Dec. 16, 2011, they conspired to defraud the Medicaid program by submitting false claims for reimbursement.

“Through their greedy and illegal actions, these defendants profited from a system meant to help New Jersey’s most vulnerable population,” Hoffman said. “My office has zero-tolerance for such behavior.”

“Defrauding Medicaid is a serious crime that has serious consequences,” Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi said. “The Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor will continue to seek lengthy prison sentences for defendants who divert funds from this much-needed program.”

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