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10 Arrested For Alleged $70 Million Medicaid, Medicare Fraud Ring – Avenue V Clinic Shut Down

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3027 Avenue V, the address of one of the shell companies affiliated with the alleged scam.
3027 Avenue V, the address of one of the shell companies affiliated with the alleged scam.

Ten people – including three Brooklynites – were arrested and charged for their roles in an alleged $70 million scheme to defraud Medicaid and Medicare by submitting phony claims to the programs through three sham medical clinics, including one based on Avenue V.

The bust was announced December 3, when the suspects were slapped with charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering. Three of the suspects – Vadim Zubkov, Nikoloz Chochiev and Jason Brissett – hailed from Brooklyn while the remaining seven were Queens residents.

Prosecutors say that the defendants recruited homeless people and the financially vulnerable who were insured by Medicare or Medicaid, hauling them to the three clinics to undergo unnecessary medical tests. The procedures were administered by unlicensed personnel, and the clinics ultimately billed more than $70 million in fraudulent claims, according to prosecutors, paying kickbacks to the phony patients.

“As alleged, these defendants corrupted financially strapped people and fleeced Medicare and Medicare to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. To fuel their greedy scheme, the defendants allegedly had phony patients submit to medically unnecessary treatments, paying these ‘patients’ a fraction of what they themselves reaped from the fraudulent billings,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a press release announcing the bust. “The scheme enriched the defendants and burdened Medicare and Medicaid, but the scheme has been exposed and ended.”

The scheme dates back to approximately 2005, according to investigators, masterminded by Zubkov and Queens resident Victor Lipkin. The duo paid off a licensed physician to serve as the owner of record of three sham medical clinics, which they actually controlled. The doctor was almost never in.

The prosecutor did not name the clinics, but identified one as the “Avenue V Clinic.” The other two were in Hillside and Elmhurst.

Led by Chochiev, Brissett and other members of the scheme served as “runners,” who recruited phony patients at soup kitchens and welfare offices, according to the indictment, luring them in with cash offers. They coached them on what to say on various medical forms in order to necessitate the tests.

One of the Brooklyn residents, Chochiev, delivered the kickbacks and also physically threatened violence to those he believed owed money to the ring, according to Bharara’s office.

Lipkin and Zubkov laundered the ill-gotten funds through various businesses under their control. One of them, Exit Management, owned by Lipkin, is registered at 3027 Avenue V – the same address as an unnamed Medical Center, pictured at the top of this story.

Another of the alleged shell companies, V&Z Marketing Inc., owned by Zubkov, is located at 61 Village Road North in Gravesend, the location of a residential condominium.

61 Village Road North (Source: Google Maps)
61 Village Road North (Source: Google Maps)

The government has moved to seize 20 bank accounts related to the scheme.

If convicted, all 10 members face up to 20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Aside for Lipkin, Zubkov, Chochiev and Brissett, the defendants include Eduard Zavalunov, Anatoliy Fatakhov, Mariana Swaffar, Jacqueline Pinez, Jonathan Oliver and Gilbert Trotman.

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  1. This is all shocking news for an area with no previous record for something along the lines such as this… (sarcasm)

  2. As a person who came here from Eastern Europe I am ashamed and embarrassed by these stories and hope that law enforcement uses every tool they have including profiling of individuals and businesses to put an end to these crimes. I also hope that people from other backgrounds support profiling in their communities to end crimes that take place there.

  3. You don’t understand the United States. We don’t have a Gulag mentality. Yet. I notice in my co-op, for example, the Russians think it is fine for surprise inspections of random apartments. We live by the English principle that our home is our private castle. We don’t have invasions of personal space, not usually anyway; and profile only in the extreme. Believe me, when Eastern Europeans open medical facilities, be they clinics or med vans, they are being quietly watched. You folks have a talent in these areas as you are used to waiting in lines & filling out miles of forms, an advantage for these types of crimes.

  4. Why are you being rude to Tuth? He is not supporting the fraudulent behavior. He is offering a solution. If you have a problem in your co-op take it up with the co-op, you bought into it. Tuth is not responsible for you choice in real estate. “you folks”? lol

  5. I’m not so sure you truly have a grasp on the modern United States. Our federal government has been more invasive into the lives or ordinary Americans than in its entire history. They are reading your email, monitoring you transactions, and tapping your phone calls, all without any judicial oversight. Privacy and personal space are a thing of the past right now and even corporations are into this game. Mark Zuckerberg stated that Americans no longer want privacy and they believe they have the right to use your private data as they see fit. In fact, the terms of service to many online companies is that everything you upload becomes their property. In many cases its likely not enforceable, but they throw the verbiage up there just in case they judge is in a good mood. BTW, I think a comparison to the Stasi would be more apt. Now that was an incredibly invasive group. Gulags were forced labor camps used for criminal and political oppression by Stalin.

    This has much more to do the pervasive corruption in Eastern European countries, and include Russia for that matter, at every level you could imagine. Its not everyone, but many partake in it and its becomes present in the mind and possibly even the culture. In many cases, it was the only way you could possibly get ahead.

    Also being real, the United States has had many extremely incredible cases of corruption that has led to massive theft. The size, scale, and complexity of them make any of the mentioned countries appear like simple armatures facing off with seasoned professionals. They even manage to make some of these thefts legal.

  6. Unfortunately your mistaken on that issue. The NSA forced telecom carries to provide them access between Google’s data center, all before any communication is encrypted with secure sockets layer. This allowed them to see your passwords, read your content (electronically mainly), and easily hack into your account. Google engineers were livid and cursing about the matter and encrypted data site links. Microsoft and Yahoo were also subject to illegal tappings by the NSA and eventually taken to court where they were ordered to cease the illegal taps.

    What they do is attempt to store the stuff in the Bluffdale data center in the hopes they find something useful. There have been a little over a dozen cases where NSA agents have illegally used obtained data. Some personal, some financial. This is what we have learned so far as these programs are considered top secret and only known due to three for employees who have leaked to the public.

  7. […] Ten people – including three Brooklynites – were arrested and charged for their roles in an alleged $70 million scheme to defraud Medicaid and Medicare by submitting phony claims to the programs through three sham medical clinics, including one based on Avenue V. The bust was announced December 3, when the suspects were slapped with charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering. Three of the suspects – Vadim Zubkov, Nikoloz Chochiev and Jason Brissett – hailed from Brooklyn while the remaining seven were Queens residents. Read more… […]

  8. I was using it only about An EXAMPLE, Idiot. An example of mentality brought about by living under different conditions. An Understandable Mentality, btw, but one that can’t be pushed on those who have lived in American & Western cultures. Make an attempt to be American, not try to force your ways on us.

  9. Hence the reason why entitled Americans can’t get benefits. Our government is paying these phony claims. If you include the number of people getting benefits they’re not entitled to, the numbers would be staggering. What a shame!

  10. ya an example of how ur a racist prick maybe if u were more used to “waiting in lines” and “filling out forms” u could solve ur condo issue

  11. Born in NYC so ur gulag comments are irrelevant and just prove how much of a racist idiot u r. Go fix ur petty condo woes and stop crying u sad clown

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  13. Sorry that your peasant ass never learned to work towards anything in life and you’re stuck in your shitty apartment with noting but bitterness and envy towards others. Don’t blame immigrants, blame your lack of intellect.

  14. Wow, I’m shocked. Russians are the most truthful, humble, honest, and kindest people. Surely their $50,000 cars are purchased with legal money despite having no education and only a minimal grasp of the English language.

  15. The FBI is doing a great job: this has been going on for over 9 years, and these guys only got caught because of a snitch. A few more years and they would all just retire.

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