A Hicksville man who authorities said fled to Haiti to avoid prosecution on health care fraud charges has achieved a distinctive dishonor -- he's made it onto a federal "Ten Most Wanted" list.
The suspect, Etienne Allonce, and his wife, Elene Michel, were indicted in 2007 on charges of violating federal health information privacy laws, in connection with a Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme.
Here's how the scam worked, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services alleges:
Allonce's company, Medical Solutions Management Inc. was a durable medical equipment company operating out of Hicksville.
Tri-State Surgical Supply, a separate company that was victimized in the fraud, had a contract with numerous nursing homes in Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn, to provide Medicare and Medicaid-covered supplies to residents.
Allonce’s employees posed as subcontractors for Tri-State, in order to gain access to several nursing homes.
Once they entered the nursing homes under false pretenses, the Allonce employees got access to medical charts for residents who require specialized wound care.
Allonce's company then "billed Medicare Part B and/or and Medicaid for wound care supplies that were never ordered or provided."
Allonce's employees also stole original documents containing private health information from medical charts in facilities, in order to "manufacture" fraudulent charts in an effort to legitimize their medical billings.
Allonce left his wife behind to face criminal charges. (Elene Michel is also known as Valerie Brown or Yael Norman, according to her lawyer, who claims she suffers from a multiple personality disorder.)
Allonce "has abandoned the young daughter he had with Michel, leaving the girl without any parents while her mother remains incarcerated pending trial," HHS said.
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