YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An Englewood physician with offices in Cresskill and Little Falls was arrested by federal agents on fraud charges this morning after an indictment in Newark was unsealed.
Albert Ades, a 60-year-old family medicine physician, is charged with fraudulently billing Medicare, Medicaid and private health care insurance companies hundreds of thousands of dollars for office visits that never happened, a complaint on file in U.S. District Court charges.
Ades was indicted by a grand jury on Friday on one count of health care fraud and 35 counts of “making false statements relating to health care matters,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said this afternoon.
He was scheduled for an afternoon court appearance today in federal court in Newark.
According to Fishman:
“Ades, a licensed family medicine doctor who owns and operates Albert Ades M.D., P.A., fraudulently billed insurers for face-to-face physician office visits. Instead, he wrote prescriptions, authorized refills, or performed other tasks, without ever seeing those patients on the billed dates.
“Ades altered, and instructed individuals working at his medical practice to alter, patients’ medical charts by inserting fabricated blood pressure readings, among other notations, to make it appear as if patients had visited Ades’s office on dates for which Ades had billed their insurance plans.
“From 2005 through June 2014, Ades billed Medicare, Medicaid and various private payors for physician office visits with patients on dates when he, in fact, had written prescriptions, authorized refills, or performed other tasks, without ever having seen those patients on the billed dates.
“To conceal his scheme, Ades altered patients’ medical records to make it appear as if patients had been seen at his office, when in fact they had not been there. When one insurance plan initiated an audit after a patient reported Ades for billing prescription refills as office visits, Ades shredded original medical records and created bogus medical records to obstruct the audit.
“Between 2008 and 2013, at least four individuals working at Ades’s medical offices told Ades that his billing of prescriptions or refills out as office visits was illegal.”
Fishman credited the Newark FBI office, agents with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and investigators with his office.
The government is represented by Jane H. Yoon of the U.S. Attorney’s Health Care and Government Fraud Unit.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.