Here's the latest in insurance fraud news from New York State.
Thursday, November 7, 2013


Father admits to killing his 23-year-old son for $700K in insurance

November 6, 2013, Waterloo, NY -- Authorities say an upstate New York man has admitted killing his son in an insurance scheme that netted him $700,000. Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch said Wednesday that 53-year-old Karl Karlsen's guilty plea to second-degree murder came as a surprise a day before his trial was set to…

more info > Associated Press


New York anti-fraud alliance elects officers

November 6, 2013, New York, NY -- Insurer anti-fraud leaders Jim Berrigan has been elected chairman and Jim Potts vice chairman, of the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud (NYAAIF). The elections come after the retirement of longtime chair Jack Houston. …p>

more info > NYAAIF news release


Prison guard in Watertown charged with workers comp fraud

November 5, 2013, Watertown, NY -- A Watertown correctional officer is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in compensation by providing false documentation of an on-duty injury, the New York State Police said. Steven M. Laplaca, 51, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and…

more info >


Former Livingston County doctor sentenced for fraud

October 30, 2013, Livingston, NY -- A former doctor who once had clinical privileges at Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital, Dansville, is headed to prison for lying about his qualifications to practice medicine. Fitzgerald Anthony Hudson, 53, was convicted in federal court of health care fraud and sentenced to 24 months in prison…

more info > Livington County News


NYC shrink faces 10 years in jail for Medicare fraud

October 31, 2013, Brooklyn, NY -- A crooked Brooklyn shrink faces a decade in jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to lying about treating veterans while he was actually vacationing in China — bilking Medicare out of more than $1 million. Dr. Mikail Presman, who was fired from his full-time job at the Brooklyn VA Hospital,…

more info > New York Post


State targets dirty doctors involved in no-fault scams

October 30, 2013, Brooklyn, NY -- The state is going after a dozen dirty docs it says signed off on car accidents that never happened to collect millions of dollars in no-fault auto insurance claims. Notices went out this week to the 12 physicians, plus six other health providers, barring them from submitting claims to New York&…

more info > NY Daily News


Former VA psychiatrist pleads guilty to Medicare fraud

October 30, 2013, Brooklyn, NY -- Dr. Mikhail L. Presman, a licensed psychiatrist employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), pleaded guilty today to health care fraud for falsely billing Medicare for home medical treatment to Medicare beneficiaries and agreed to forfeit more than $1.2 million in illegal profits. Acting…

more info > Yuma News Now


Orthopedist in New York admits to $5M in unnecessary surgeries

November 1, 2013, Dutchess County, NY -- A former Dutchess County surgeon faces up to nine years in prison and owes millions of dollars after admitting in federal court to running a scheme that defrauded multiple health insurance providers. Former Mid Hudson Medical Group orthopedist Spyros Panos on Thursday pleaded guilty to one count of…

more info > Poughkeepsie Journal


Mahopac woman with $2M property stole Medicaid benefits, state says

October 25, 2013, Mahopac, NY -- A Mahopac woman collected nearly $30,000 in health benefits designated for low-income people despite owning a $2 million piece of property and having $270,000 in the bank, authorities said Friday. Elizabeth Makaj faces a host of felony and misdemeanor charges after she defrauded Medicaid, state…

more info >

To subscribe to other insurance fraud publications and information services, visit

 follow on Twitter | friend on Facebook | forward to a friend 
Copyright © 2013 The New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud, Inc.

FraudNY Update is compiled by the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud,, as a free service to the fraud-fighting community. Submit news stories to
Add us to your address book.

Our mailing address is:
New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud
1450 Western Avenue Suite 101
Albany, NY 12203