Two Youngstown-area physicians indicted for health care fraud and kickback schemes; third charged by bill of information
(STL.News) Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced today that a grand jury sitting in Cleveland, Ohio returned an eleven-count indictment charging Samir Wahib, age 53, of Canfield, and Joni Canby, age 62, of Poland, for their roles in a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid and obtain reimbursement for testing that was not medically necessary.
Michelle Kapon, age 41, of Youngstown, was also named in the indictment, but charged separately in a bill of information for conspiring with Wahib and Canby to accept kickbacks from Wahib.
“These defendants are physicians accused of orchestrating a scheme to defraud a tax-payer funded health care benefit program created to assist vulnerable populations,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan. “Their alleged conduct, which included kickbacks and medically unnecessary testing, was designed specifically to enrich themselves. We are grateful for the hard work of the investigating agencies who, like us, are dedicated to bringing allegations of fraud and illegal kickbacks before the Court.”
“The payment of kickbacks is a corrupt and illegal practice that inappropriately influences an individual or entity’s capacity to make unbiased decisions, which is of particular concern in the health care environment,” said Lamont Pugh III, Special Agent in Charge, U.S.