Licensed Clinical Social Worker Sentenced for Defrauding Insurance Companies
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Eugene Domenico, 62, of Lockport, NY, who was convicted of three counts of theft from a health care benefit program, was sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $100,286.35.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo, who handled the case, stated that the defendant, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, devised a scheme to charge various health care insurance providers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, for services that were not rendered. For example, Domenico billed Blue Cross Blue Shield for services allegedly provided to a patient on January 6, 2011, knowing that services were never provided. The total loss to insurance companies was $100,286.35.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Health Care Fraud Task Force.