Allstate Insurance Company Files $1.6 Million Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit Against Four Pharmacies, Five Professional Medical Corporations, and their Owners

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Allstate Insurance Company is seeking to recover more than $1.6 million from 19 New York area defendants.

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Oct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Allstate Insurance Company is seeking to recover more than

$1.6 million from 19 New York area defendants. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 88 fraud lawsuits in New York State seeking more than $330 million in damages.

The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the following defendants: New Century Pharmacy, Inc., Refill Rx Pharmacy, Inc., My Rx Pharmacy, Inc., Direct Rx Pharmacy, Inc., Eduard Aronov, Katrin Matatov, Alexander Sharafyan, Boris Kandov, Rafo Yaguda f/k/a Rafail Yagudayev, Mani Ushyarov, D.O., Amr A. El-Sanduby, M.D., Jean-Pierre Georges Barakat, M.D., Tomas M. Pattugalan, Jr., M.D., Rafael Antonio Delacruz-Gomez, M.D., First Class Medical, P.C., NY Medical Arts, P.C., Richmond Medical Care, P.C., GONY Medical Services, P.C., and Life Health Care Medical, P.C.

Allstate alleges that New Century Pharmacy, Inc., Refill Rx Pharmacy, Inc., My Rx Pharmacy, Inc., and Direct Rx Pharmacy, Inc., and their owners, Eduard Aronov, Katrin Matatov, Alexander Sharafyan, Boris Kandov, and Rafo Yaguda f/k/a Rafail Yagudayev, took advantage of New York's No-Fault laws by producing and dispensing compounded topical pain medications and other drugs in violation of New York law. Allstate also alleges that First Class Medical, P.C., NY Medical Arts, P.C., Richmond Medical Care, P.C., GONY Medical Services, P.C., and Life Health Care Medical, P.C., and their owners, Mani Ushyarov, D.O., Amr A. El-Sanduby, M.D., Jean-Pierre Georges Barakat, M.D., Tomas M. Pattugalan, Jr., M.D., and Rafael Antonio Delacruz-Gomez, M.D. violated New York law by prescribing medically unnecessary medications, and by fraudulently providing and billing for evaluations and tests that were medically unnecessary, falsely charged, and not provided in the manner represented. Allstate further alleges that the pharmacies and the medical providers conspired together during the course of this scheme to prescribe, produce, dispense, and deliver compounded topical pain medications and other drugs that were medically unnecessary, not uniquely tailored to each patient's needs, and falsely charged.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, no-fault fraud is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars year-after-year. "In essence, honest hardworking New Yorkers are paying a "fraud tax," said Christina Kelly, Allstate New York spokesperson. "We need lawmakers to enact meaningful insurance reform that puts the citizens of New York first."

Allstate is joined by other insurers and many New York State leaders in its pursuit for comprehensive reform of the no-fault system. "The no-fault system is being exploited and responsible citizens are the victims," Kelly said. "Without the support of lawmakers, incidents of fraud will continue to increase. We need to work together this legislative session to fix the broken no-fault system."

Case Number: 1:19-cv-5702

 

SOURCE ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY



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