- Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Division
of Criminal Justice Director Stephen J.
Taylor announced that a New York doctor
was sentenced to state prison today for
selling prescriptions of controlled dangerous
substances (CDS) to Medicaid recipients.
to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza
Dagli, Bipin Parikh, 64, of Williston Park,
New York, was sentenced to three years in
state prison and ordered to pay restitution
in the amount of $685,209 to the Medicaid
program by Superior Court Judge Kevin G.
Callahan in Hudson County. The sentence
was based on Parikh’s Nov. 9, 2009
guilty plea to an accusation which charged
health care claims fraud and dispensing
pleading guilty, Parikh, a physician, admitted
that between January 2004 and March 2008,
he dispensed prescriptions to Medicaid recipients
when the drugs prescribed were not medically
necessary. An investigation determined that
based on the unnecessary prescriptions dispensed
by Parikh, Medicaid was fraudulently billed
at least $685,209. The accusation also charged
that Parikh sold prescriptions for Percocet,
a Schedule II narcotic Drug, to undercover
charges resulted from a joint-investigation
by the Division of Criminal Justice, the
Drug Enforcement Administration and the
Special Investigations Unit of the Jersey
City Police Department.
Jacqueline Latty and Kevin Gannon and Deputy
Attorneys General Debra A. Conrad and Linda
Rinaldi and Analysts Cleair Budhu and Anne
Howell were assigned to the investigation.
Conrad represented the Office of the Insurance
Fraud Prosecutor at the sentencing.