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Valatie doctor pleads not guilty to Medicare fraud

July 12, 2019 11:04 am Updated: July 12, 2019 11:16 am

VALATIE — A Columbia County anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty to federal charges this week that she received kickbacks as part of a $7 million Medicare fraud scheme in which she allegedly claimed to have patients she never met.

Dr. Anna Steiner, 63, of Valatie, entered a plea of not guilty in federal court Tuesday to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, under the U.S. Code. She was released on $300,000 bond.

Steiner allegedly claimed to provide medical services electronically, or using telemedicine, to Medicare, Medicare Part D plans and private insurance beneficiaries. Medicare is a federal health care program that provides benefits to persons 65 years of age and older.

“As alleged, Steiner claimed to provide telemedicine services to patients, but in reality, her telecare was a fiction and the claims submitted to Medicare unnecessary and fraudulent,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement. “This Office and our law enforcement partners will continue vigorously investigating and prosecuting health care professionals who seek personal enrichment by stealing from a taxpayer-funded program.”

The scheme took place over a three-year-period, from January 2015 and May 2018, according to the indictment.

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