A Manhattan doctor has been indicted for falsely telling about a dozen patients that they had HIV so he could put them on treatment and bill Medicaid for $700,000, the New York Post reported Friday.
Suresh Hemrajani, 57, was arraigned Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court on felony charges of grand larceny, fraud and falsifying business records. He was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
The doctor, a specialist in internal medicine, prescribed medications for the scammed patients on their very first visits and billed Medicaid, District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in announcing the indictment.
The doctor also created false records of his purported repeated treatments of the patients, even though most of them never visited his office more than once.
The scam was only revealed after the patients later attempted to obtain prescriptions from a hospital, were tested, and found to be HIV-negative, Vance said.
Hemrajani faces up to 15 years prison if convicted of the thefts, which prosecutors say happened in 2008 and 2009.