East Meadow chiropractor pleads guilty to $1million healthcare fraud scheme
A chiropractor practicing in East Meadow pleaded guilty in federal court in Central Islip on Monday to a $1 million health care fraud scheme, officials said.
Huntington resident Peter Adamczak had billed an insurance company for acupuncture services that were never provided, according to Breon Peace, the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
“Adamczak defrauded an insurance company for acupuncture services he never performed, lying outright in order to line his pockets with money he didn’t earn,” Peace said. in a press release.
“As a medical professional, Adamczak was held to the highest standards of honesty and integrity, and failed miserably,” he added.
Officials said that between 2016 and 2020, Adamczak submitted more than $1 million in fraudulent claims to a private insurance company. And although Adamczak was not licensed to perform acupuncture, he claimed the services were provided by an unaffiliated acupuncturist from whom he rented an office. Yet neither the unaffiliated acupuncturist nor Adamczak performed the billed acupuncture services.
The insurance company, based on those claims, issued approximately $994,838 in reimbursements to its beneficiaries who, in turn, remitted the payments to Adamczak, officials said.
In one case, a payee — a relative of Adamczak — deposited the reimbursement checks into a personal bank account and held the funds, officials said.
Sentencing details were not immediately available.