Rocky Point Woman Pleads Guilty to $4M Fraud

A Rocky Point woman was among four people who have admitted to committing a $4-million health care fraud scheme over a two and ½ year span.

Sophia Lin, 34, and three Queens residents pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to commit health care fraud at Brooklyn federal court. Also pleading guilty to that charge were 55-year-old Jeffrey Suh of Bay Side, 42-year-old Kang Young Chung of Woodside and 40-year-old Emily Shim of Flushing.

“The fraud scheme that Mr. Suh and his employees engaged in was motivated by nothing more than greed,” said Scott Lampert, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General.

The quartet, who worked at Flushing-based Plaza Medi Group, Inc. and New Plaza Group, Inc., was arrested as part of a nationwide Medicare Fraud takedown in June.

Prosecutors said the foursome submitted false claims to Medicare for physical therapy, occupational therapy and chiropractic services that were not medically necessary, were often not provided and otherwise did not qualify for reimbursement from December 2010 to June 2013.

Each faces up to 10 years in prison and orders to pay restitution to reimburse Medicare for the false claims paid, fines as well as forfeiture of $2,808,190 for Suh, $2,183,012 for Chung, $272,641 for Lin and $115,136 for Shim.