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Ex-Husband And Wife Indicted
January 6, 2011 -
Leonid and Yelena Stolyar, both age 49, and both of
The defendants are
expected to surrender today, based on arrest warrants issued with the
indictments. The defendants are expected to then make their initial
appearances in U.S. District Court in
According to the indictment, from August 2001 and continuing until October 2009, in the District of Colorado and elsewhere, Leonid Stolyar (aka Leon Stolyar), and Yelena Stolyar, executed a scheme to defraud health care benefit programs namely, the Colorado Medicaid program as well as the Medicare program.
owned and operated Y&L Corporation (dba Medcenter Supply). Y&L
Corporation was an excluded entity, meaning they were not allowed to do
business with Medicare or Medicaid. As part of the scheme, the
defendants created Orthomed Supply Inc. in order to conceal their
ownership status and to continue to do business as Y&L Corporation. They
also failed to disclose Yelena Stolyar’s status as an excluded
individual to the Colorado Medicaid program and Medicare.
Yelena Stolyar participated in the daily operations of Orthomed Supply,
Inc., acted as an agent of Orthomed Supply, Inc., and maintained
approximately a 50% ownership interest in Orthomed Supply, Inc.
In order to obtain money to which they were not entitled during a period of time that Yelena was excluded from participation in the Colorado Medicaid program, the Medicare program, and all federally funded health benefit programs. Furthermore, they created and caused to be created false and fraudulent claims relating to the delivery of ankle supports, shoulder supports, and adult diapers and liners. Leonid Stolyar used bank accounts to conceal monies and transactions, and from which Yelena Stolyar was compensated for her interest in Orthomed Supply, Inc.
On or about
December 20, 2001, Yelena Stolyar was excluded for a period of 10 years
by the Secretary of Health and Human Services from participating in the
Medicare program, the Medicaid program, and all federal health care
programs as a result of a felony conviction associated with the delivery
of a health care item or service under the Medicare program. She later
received a lifetime exclusion in December 2005.
Medicare is a
federal insurance program that provides health insurance coverage for
people age 65 and older, and for certain disabled people as well. The
Medicare program is divided into several different parts: "Part A" of
the Medicare program covers health services provided by hospitals,
skilled nursing facilities, hospices, and home health agencies; "Part B"
of the Medicare program covers most outpatient services, including
durable medical equipment (DME), that is, equipment which may be used in
the home or on a repeated basis for a medical purpose.
DME include, among
other things, wound care supplies, diabetic supplies, and wheelchairs.
The Medicaid Program is a jointly funded between the Federal and State
governments to assist States in the provision of adequate medical care
to eligible needy persons. In
defendants were charged with 49 counts of money laundering associated
with financial transactions derived from their fraudulent activities.
“Healthcare fraud results in higher costs for everyone,” said U.S.
Attorney John Walsh. “Prosecutions such as this are vitally important to
protect those who need Medicare and Medicaid from these unnecessary cost
Care Fraud is a top criminal priority for the FBI,” said FBI Special
Agent in Charge James Davis. “The FBI will continue our unwavering
support to our state and federal partners in disrupting and dismantling
criminal enterprises that defraud all federally funded healthcare
“The Office of the
Inspector General of Health and Human Services is appreciative of the
collaborative efforts of our law enforcement partners and the United
States Attorney’s Office in this investigation. The OIG will continue to
devote maximum investigative resources to protect the Medicare Trust
Fund, beneficiaries and taxpayers against fraud, waste and abuse,” said
Les Hollie, Special Agent in Charge of the Kansas City Regional Office
“Health care fraud
harms everyone and increases the costs of legitimate health care; to
combat healthcare fraud, IRS CI provides financial investigative
expertise to multi-agency task forces where we follow the money trail
from the crime to the culprit,” said Lilia Ruiz, Acting Special Agent in
Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Denver Field Office.
Leonid and Yelena
Stolyar were each charged with 1 count of conspiracy to commit health
care fraud, 2 counts of health care fraud, 10 counts of making false
statements relating to health care matters, 1 count of causing false
representations in relation to health care programs, 26 counts of money
laundering, and 1 count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Leonid
was charged with an additional 22 counts of money laundering for a total
of 48 counts of money laundering.
commit health care fraud, making false statements relating to health
care matters, and causing false representations in relation to health
care programs carry a penalty of not more than 5 years’ incarceration
and a fine of up to $250,000 per count. Health care fraud, money
laundering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering carry a penalty of
10 years’ incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 per count.
the defendants shall forfeit to the
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), IRS – Criminal Investigation, Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Jaime Pena and Tonya Andrews.Other News Stories
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