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United States ex rel John Doe v. Freed, Kleinberg, Nussbaum, Festa and Kronberg M.D. LLP, et al.

March 2018


New York, March 7, 2018: The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and the Attorney General for the State of New York settled a Federal and New York State False Claims Act qui tam action, brought by Andrea Fischer and handled by Andrea Fischer and Audrey Schechter of Fischer Legal Group, on behalf of its client whistleblower, against Freed, Kleinberg, Nussbaum, Festa & Kronberg M.D. LLP; Arnold W. Scherz, M.D.; Mitchell Kleinberg, M.D.; Michael Nussbaum, M.D.; Robert Festa, M.D.; and Jason Kronberg, D.O. The suit, 14-CV-3943, was filed in 2014 by Andrea Fischer in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and was ably and successfully pursued by the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York and the New York State Attorney General's office. The suit alleged that Defendants, in contravention of Medicaid regulations, did not enroll many of their employee-providers who treated Medicaid patients, in the Medicaid program. Defendants then billed Medicaid for services provided by these unenrolled employee-providers, under their own provider numbers. The settlement was obtained under the False Claims Act and the New York State False Claims Act. Ms. Fischer of Fischer Legal Group stated, "Thanks to my client's efforts to right a wrong, Defendants have been held accountable for their wrongs. We at Fischer Legal Group are proud to have assisted the Relator and the Government in reaching this victory. It is an excellent example of the private-public partnership at work.” About Fischer Legal Group Fischer Legal Group is a boutique law firm focusing on the prosecution of qui tam (whistleblowing) litigation, as well as complex litigation, throughout the United States. Ms. Fischer and Ms. Schechter are both licensed in New York and Florida.

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Audrey Schechter

Audrey Hildes Schechter is an experienced commercial and civil litigator, working in the areas of fraud, qui tam, healthcare fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, Tricare fraud, appellate practice, health care law, and employment litigation. Audrey has practiced in Florida for 25 years and in New Y...

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