George’s County Podiatrist Charged
With Medicaid Fraud
BALTIMORE, MD (November 17, 2008) - Maryland Attorney General
Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Edward Michael
Horvath, 50, of
the 8000 block of Clifford
Court in Laurel, Maryland, was charged in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City
with one count of Felony Medicaid Fraud and one count of Felony Theft from
the Medicare Program. Horvath was charged with falsely
billing the Medicaid and Medicare
programs over a five year period for podiatry services that he did not perform.
Horvath’s podiatry practice is based in Prince George’s County and
he submitted his requests for payment to the Department of Health and Mental
Hygiene located in Baltimore City.
Medicaid Fraud is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or
a $5,000 fine. Felony Theft is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or
$25,000 fine. Criminal charges are but an accusation, and an individual is
presumed innocent unless the State proves him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Attorney General Gansler’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated this
case jointly with the United States Department of Health and Human Services,
Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. An arraignment
is scheduled for December 4, 2008 in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.