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Kinderhook podiatrist pleads guilty to health care fraud

ALBANY – A Kinderhook podiatrist pled guilty in federal court Tuesday to health care fraud for illegally charging Medicare and private insurance companies for services he never provided.

Perrin Edwards, 64, has also paid $410,000 to the US Government to resolve his civil liability for his submission of false claims for payment to the Medicare program.

He faces up to 10 years in federal prison and three years of post-release supervision and a possible fine.

Edwards admitted that he operated a podiatry practice with offices in Hudson and Albany and caused false and fraudulent claims to be submitted to Medicare and private insurance companies for podiatric medical services that he had not performed or that he knew he would not be covered in insurance.

He admitted that he performed routine foot care services that were not covered by insurers, and falsely represented that nail debridement services were performed for some patients. Nail debridement is the process of removing dead or diseased portions of a toenail to significantly reduce its thickness and length, allowing the patient to move around without pain.

 


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