Podiatrist Target of Civil Suit for Medicare Claims
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A podiatrist attempted to collect between $40 and $271 on 219 occasions for trimming toenails and shaving calluses for Medicare patients, according to a civil complaint by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Dr. Stanley Karpo, a Worcester resident who practices in Norristown, tried to receive Medicare payments by claiming he performed advanced surgical procedures such as lesion and toenail removal between 1986 and 1989, according to the complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court.
According to the complaint, Karpo submitted at least 219 false claims totalling around $40,000.
Karpo’s wife, Nona, was also named as a defendant in the case. The complaint also alleges that he transferred many of his assets, including his home, office and proceeds from the sale of his private airplane, to her 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, according to the complaint. He hasn’t been sentenced in that case, according to Susan Dein Bricklin, senior litigation counsel of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Under the False Claims Act the United States can recover up to three times the amount of the false claims and $10,000 for each false claim submitted, according to Bricklin.
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.