Podiatrist Charged with Health Care Fraud and Identity Theft
Aileen Gong, D.P.M., 55, of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, was charged, Friday, by indictment, with health care fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. The indictment charges that Dr. Gong, a podiatrist, submitted at least $480,000 in fraudulent claims to Medicare from 2009 through early February 2014 by submitting claims for patient visits that never occurred—including visits that she claimed took place while she was outside of the United States—and submitting claims for procedures that she did not perform on patients who did visit her office in Philadelphia.
If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 184 years in prison and a fine of $3.5 million.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laurie Magid.
An Indictment, Information or Criminal Complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.