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New York Physical Therapist Hatem Behiry Sentenced to 2 years in Prison

STL. News, October 6, 2020

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that physical therapist Hatem Behiry was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield to 24 months in prison for his participation in a $30 million scheme to defraud Medicare and the New York State Medicaid Program (“Medicaid”).  Between 2007 and late 2012, on a regular basis, BEHIRY falsely pretended to provide physical therapy services to patients, and falsified medical records in a fraudulent scheme to bill Medicare and Medicaid for non-existent services.  BEHIRY and a co-defendant physician, Paul J. Mathieu, were convicted in May 2019, following a six-week trial, on charges of health care fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit those offenses, and conspiracy to make false statements in connection with a federal health care program.