The operator of a Queens medical practice specializing in radiological exams was arrested by FBI and Secret Service agents early Thursday on charges of filing more than $30 million in false Medicare and Medicaid billings, prosecutors tell NBC 4 New York.
Ting Huan Tai, 34, was taken into custody from his apartment on the 58th floor of a luxury high-rise building in Lower Manhattan. Agents executed a search warrant at Tai’s apartment and seized his 2008 Lamborghini and several bank accounts containing millions of dollars, law enforcement sources said.
According to court papers, Tai became the operator of United Medical Diagnosis (UMD), based in Flushing, in May 2010 after the departure of the former owner. Between May 2010 and May 2012, Tai and his employees submitted bills to Medicare and Medicaid for more than $30 million for radiological services never performed. The bills used the identity of the radiologist and former owner of UMD without his knowledge or consent, sources said.
Prosecutors say Tai used money from the scheme to pay personal expenses, including credit card bills and rent.
“The defendant sought to enrich himself and fund his lifestyle first by stealing a doctor’s identity and then using that stolen identity to steal Medicare and Medicaid funds," said U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. "While the documentation provided was a sham, the money stolen was very real.”
Tai is expected to appear in Brooklyn federal court later today. He faces up to ten years in prison if convicted.