Doctor charged in East Lansing for vaccine scheme

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Attorney General Dana Nessel charged Detroit physician Ashok Boinpally with one count of Medicaid Fraud today. Boinpally was arraigned in East Lansing and provided a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Boinpally participated in the Vaccines for Children program for more than 10 years. The VFC program provides participants with Medicaid-funded vaccines, at no cost, to administer to eligible children.

The Attorney General alleges that Boinpally was providing the VFC program vaccines to patients covered by private insurance and then billing those private insurance companies. Additionally, it is alleged he provided vaccines he received through the VFC program to Medicaid beneficiaries and then billed Medicaid for those vaccines. Neither practice is allowed under the terms of the VFC program.

The matter was referred to the Attorney General’s Office by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Immunization after its investigation revealed evidence of fraud. 

Medicaid Fraud carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine. Additionally, the case filed by the Attorney General will seek $67,062.24 in restitution.

“The Medicaid program makes it possible for Michigan families in need to obtain critical medical care,” Nessel said. “When unscrupulous health care providers fraudulently divert Medicaid funding for their own gain, my office will hold them accountable. I want to thank MDHHS and the Division of Immunization for bringing this case to our attention.”

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