N.Y. Attorney General Takes Down Insurance Fraud Ring

Twelve people and nine corporations located in New York City were indicted July 8 in Bronx Supreme Court for allegedly bilking insurance carriers for more than $1 million in fraudulent claims.

One personal injury lawyer, numerous health care providers, as well as two hospital employees, are among those charged in the indictment.

Daniel Levy, 32, of Rego Park, Queens, is said to be the ringleader in this criminal enterprise, which involved illegally obtaining patient information from hospital employees to identify patients who were recently involved in minor car accidents, luring the unsuspecting victims into receiving unnecessary treatment, and then submitting phony personal injury claims to insurance carriers.

The office of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo subsequently sent letters to every hospital in New York requesting information about current Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security systems and procedures.

Read the N.Y. State Office of Attorney General (OAG) press release for complete details. Also available for download on the OAG Web site is a copy of the indictment, an audio file, a list of New York hospitals, and the letter sent to the hospitals.

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