Feds: Newark doctor, West New York man, charged in $3.4M health care & wire fraud conspiracy


A Newark doctor and a West New York man have been charged in a $3.4 million health care and wire fraud conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Kaival Patel, 53, of West New York, and Saurabh Patel, 51, of Woodbridge, are charged in a 12-count indictment with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, wire fraud, and four counts of health care fraud, Sellinger said in a statement.

Patel is also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, substantive counts of money laundering, and making false statements to federal agents.

The defendants appeared on Friday by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sharon A. King and were released on $250,000 each unsecured bond.

Kaival Patel and his wife, referred to in the indictment as “Individual 1,” operated a company called ABC Healthy Living LLC (ABC) to market medical products and services, including compound prescription medications.

Saurabh Patel is a medical doctor who owned and operated a clinic, referred to in the indictment as “Medical Practice 1,” in Newark. Saurabh Patel is related to Kaival Patel and Individual 1.

Paul Camarda, a pharmaceutical sales representative who is listed as a conspirator, pleaded guilty before Judge Kugler in Camden federal court on July 6th, 2021, to health care conspiracy and conspiring to commit money laundering and obstruct justice and is awaiting sentencing.

Compounded medications are specialty medications mixed by a pharmacist to meet the specific medical needs of an individual patient.

Although compounded drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they are properly prescribed when a physician determines that an FDA-approved medication does not meet the health needs of a particular patient, such as if a patient is allergic to a dye or other ingredient.

Kaival Patel, Saurabh Patel, Camarda, and others learned that certain state and local government employees had insurance that would reimburse up to thousands of dollars for a one-month supply of certain compounded medications.

The defendants submitted fraudulent insurance claims for prescription compounded medications to a pharmacy benefits administrator, which provided management services for certain insurance plans that covered state and local government employees.

The defendants steered individuals recruited to receive medications from the compounding pharmacies to Saurabh Patel’s medical practice, which enabled him to fraudulently receive insurance payments for those patient visits and procedures.

The conduct caused the benefits administrator to pay out $3.4 million in fraudulent claims.

The health care fraud and wire fraud conspiracy count carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison; the health care fraud charges carry a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison; the false statement count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison – all of these counts are also punishable by a fine of $250,000, or twice the gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest.

Additionally, the money laundering charges carry a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense or not more than twice the amount of the criminally derived property involved in the transactions.

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