Pennsylvania hospice owners to pay $9 million settlement in fraud case
The former owners and managers of now-defunct Philadelphia-based Home Care Hospice agreed to pay $9 million to settle allegations that their company falsely claimed and received taxpayer dollars for unnecessary or never-provided services, the U.S. attorney’s office announced last week.
Matthew Kolodesh and Alex Pugman, development executive Svetlana Ganetsky and CEO Malvina Yakobash- vili were accused of fabricating records for patients who were not terminally ill and submitting false claims for services that were not necessary or delivered, costing the Medicare program millions of dollars, investigators said. A federal jury previously found Kolodesh, Pugman and Ganetsky guilty on related criminal charges.
As part of the settlements, the federal government will keep an estimated $8.8 million found in multiple financial accounts that were subject to a restraining order in a related civil injunction action.
The defendants also agreed to make payments to the government—a combined $400,000 from Pugman and Ganetsky, and $425,000 from Kolodesh and Yakobashvili—as well as transfer various assets including Pugman’s and Kolodesh’s condo properties.