June 13, 2006
PSYCHIATRIST GUILTY OF MEDICAID FRAUD,
SENTENCED TO JAIL
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Roman Ostrovsky, M.D., pled guilty to defrauding the Medicaid
program of $200,000 by billing Medicaid for services that were
never provided. Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John G. Turnbull,
II, sentenced Ostrovsky to five years in jail, all but 12 months
suspended, with the 12 months to be served in home confinement.
In addition, Ostrovsky paid $250,000 at the time of sentencing
and is required to pay an additional $150,000 over the next two
years. Judge Turnbull placed the defendant on two years probation.
Ostrovsky, 48, of Harwick Court in Mount Washington, Maryland,
is a licensed psychiatrist who was enrolled in the Medicaid Program
as a Medicaid Provider with a practice on Reisterstown Road in
Pikesville, Maryland. From January 2002 to May 2004, Ostrovsky
engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicaid by billing for thousands
of 45 minute therapy sessions that he did not perform.
During the period of the indictment, Dr. Ostrovsky billed for
nearly 6,500 psychiatry sessions lasting 45-50 minutes each. His
scheme was discovered because there were many days in which Dr.
Ostrovsky billed for more than eight hours of services, and up
to 19 hours of treatments for a single day. Dr. Ostrovsky frequently
billed for more than 12 hours of services a day, services that
he did not perform.
week of June 7-13, 2003, the defendant billed Medicaid for an
average of almost 10 hours of services every day for five
days straight. For the week of May 13-16, 2002, the defendant billed
for 16 ½ hours a day for four straight days. Overall, he
billed for more than eight hours of services 293 times during the
period of the indictment.
The case was prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU)
of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office and was referred
to the Unit by the Mental Hygiene Administration.