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New York neurologist facing Medicare, Medicaid fraud charges

It is a relatively short drive north from New York City to Yonkers. The Westchester County city is home to a neurologist who federal prosecutors allege is part of a $57 million insurance scam that targeted Medicare and Medicaid.

The 47-year-old doctor faces a long list of criminal charges, including conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, health care fraud and wire fraud. He is also accused of making false statements to federal agents and making false statements about health care matters, among other charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Emad Soliman, a New Castle resident, helped submit false insurance claims. As president and founder of Westchester Neurological Consultants, he allegedly helped submit claims for medical tests that were never conducted by doctors who did not work for his firm.

According to officials, for 12 years employees at City Medical Associates submitted phony claims to insurance companies that were then paid by Medicaid and Medicare.

Soliman allegedly allowed City Medical Associates to use his name to submit bogus claims.

He reportedly worked at CMA for two years and later helped employees fraudulently bill insurance providers for approximately $57 million.

He is accused of lying to a FBI agent last year when questioned about the firm, telling the agent that he had not had any business relationship with the company since he had left it some dozen years earlier.

Clearly, the doctor and others charged in the case face the possibility of decades in prison if convicted.

Anyone in similar circumstances should speak with an attorney experienced in health care law before discussing matters with law enforcement or prosecutors.

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