Feds charge imaging center owner with $30M Medicare fraud

The owner of a radiology practice in New York City has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with fraudulent billing of more than $30 million in radiology services provided to Medicare and Medicaid patients that allegedly were never performed.

Ting Huan Tai, also known as Warren Tai, was formally charged in a complaint filed on August 30 with false claims of billing for radiology exams between May 2010 and May 2012 for radiological services that were never performed.

The complaint alleges that Tai purchased United Medical Diagnosis (UMD) after the practice's former owner left the firm. Tai and others billed Medicare and Medicaid for $30 million in radiology services that were not performed, using the identity of the radiologist without the doctor's knowledge or consent.

Federal investigators have issued a seizure warrant seeking Tai's allegedly "ill-gotten" gains, which included a Lamborghini automobile. A search warrant also has been executed at Tai's Manhattan residence.

A press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of New York stated that the U.S. Secret Service assisted the Office of the Inspector General in its investigation.

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