Health club operators and local chiropractor charged with health care fraud

Published: 2010-07-03 19:37:01
Author: The Reporter | March 17, 2010

PHILADELPHIA – Mark Levin, Michael Karp and Raymond Brozek, a chiropractor, were charged today  in connection with a $1.9 million scheme to defraud Independence Blue Cross, announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy.  

The charges allege that Levin, 64, and Karp, 39, both of Bala Cynwyd, were the owners of the Hatfield Athletic Club and Rehab One, a chiropractic and rehabilitation facility located inside the club, in Hatfield. It is alleged that Brozek, 57, of Telford, was a chiropractor hired by Levin and Karp to work at Rehab One from approximately 2004 through 2006. In addition to seeing patients at Rehab One, it is alleged that Brozek saw some patients at a gym located in the basement of Levin’s home, known as Rehab Two, and at the homes of Levin’s friends.

Between March 2004 and November 2006, it is alleged that Rehab One fraudulently billed Independence Blue Cross for chiropractic treatments that Brozek performed for the owners and employees of Hatfield Athletic Club, Rehab One and Rehab Two that were not medically necessary; that were purportedly supervised by Brozek; or provided directly by Brozek when he, Levin and Karp knew the services were not performed by Brozek or any other licensed medical professional; and for services the defendants knew were not reimbursable, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s office.

It is alleged that  Brozek prepared fraudulent pre-printed forms, known as “superbills,” for Hatfield Athletic Club employees and family members, who signed Rehab One’s patient log for purportedly receiving weekly chiropractic treatment, but did not receive treatment, according to the United States Attorney’s office.

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