Area ophthalmologist charged with healthcare fraud

WHITE PLAINS – An ophthalmologist with practices in Rye, Mount Kisco and Wappingers Falls, as well as in Greenwich, Connecticut, has been charged by federal authorities with fraudulently billing patients.

Dr. Ameet Goyal, 56, of Rye, operated his businesses under the name The Eye Associates Group.

A federal indictment against Goyal charges him with fraudulently billing patients, Medicare, and private insurance programs millions of dollars, between 2010 and 2017, for complex eye surgeries that Goyal had not actually performed.

The civil complaint also alleges that Goyal and his practice engaged in widespread healthcare fraud by consistently “upcoding” these and other surgical procedures, examinations, and tests in fraudulent billings submitted to Medicare and Medicaid.

Goyal also falsified patient medical records, it is alleged, pressuring other employees in his practice to engage in the scheme and initiated debt collection proceedings against patients who did not pay the full amounts of his fraudulently billed charges.

If convicted of the three counts of the indictment, the Rye resident could face up to 20 years in prison.

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