Podiatrist Target of Civil Suit for Medicare Claims
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A podiatrist attempted to collect $40,000 in false claims for trimming toenails and shaving calluses for Medicare patients, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Dr. Stanley Karpo, a Worcester resident who practices in Norristown, tried to receive the payments by claiming he performed advanced surgical procedures such as lesion and toenail removal between 1986 and 1989, according to a civil complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court.
Karpo submitted at least 219 false claims, the complaint said.
Karpo’s wife, Nona, was also named as a defendant in the case. The complaint alleges the doctor transferred many of his assets, including his home, office and proceeds from the sale of his private airplane, to his wife when he realized he was being investigated.
Karpo had previously pleaded guilty to a criminal indictment brought by the state attorney general for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. He hasn’t been sentenced in that case, said Susan Dein Bricklin, a counsel for U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Duncan, who handled the criminal prosecution, did not return phone calls placed to his office.
Karpo’s attorney, Harold Kane, also did not return calls placed to his office.