Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Rohde announced Monday an operator of a series of purported durable medical equipment companies pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud Healthfirst, a New York-based nonprofit that administers New York Medicaid Managed Care plans and Medicare Advantage plans.
Meliksetyan operated multiple durable medical equipment companies that did not provide equipment to Medicaid or Medicare recipients. She admitted to representing herself as a vendor in Healthfirst’s network and filing and submitting approximately $1 million in fraudulent claims to Healthfirst. Meliksetyan received over $300,000 from those claims.
Meliksetyan’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 21, 2018.