Medicaid Fraud Charges

Brent Finnegan -- February 22nd, 2008

Here’s the financial scandal that didn’t make local headlines:

The Richmond-Times Dispatch reported that Dr. Ilya Zavelsky and his wife were indicted by a federal grand jury “in an alleged $14 million Medicaid fraud.” According to the article, they provided respite care to Russian and Eastern European patients in Harrisonburg as “Renaissance Inc.”

The Zavelskys are accused of using a number of fraudulent means, among them billing for services at a higher-than-allowed rate, billing for services not provided, using uncertified aides and recipients and falsifying employment records […] The indictment alleges that the company persisted in the same fraudulent practices, which it says gained more than $4 million in reimbursements since 2006.

One Response to “Medicaid Fraud Charges”

  1. finnegan says:

    From a press release on Media NewsWire:

    …it is alleged, Rina Zavelsky advertised Renaissance services by visiting religious worship services in Richmond, Northern Virginia, Tidewater, and Harrisonburg.

    According to the indictment, the majority of Renaissance personal care aides and Medicaid recipients were Russian speaking immigrants from eastern European countries. It is alleges that the recipients lived among cloisters of Russian speakers, often in government-subsidized housing. It is further alleged that the aides spoke Russian, some spoke and understood only Russian, and acted as aides for the Russian speaking recipients, who signed up to receive services from Renaissance.

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