Former Md. Podiatrist Convicted in Scam

December 27, 2004

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced that Norman Greenberg, a former podiatrist, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County to felony insurance fraud, felony theft and conspiracy to distribute narcotics. The convictions follow a joint investigation conducted by the Office of the Attorney General, the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration, the Maryland State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

In a statement of facts presented by the prosecutor, the court learned that from April of 1995 through October of 1996, Greenberg, whose license to practice podiatry had been previously suspended, fraudulently billed various insurance companies by representing that he was still a licensed podiatrist.

The court also reportedly learned that during this same period, Greenberg conspired with Richard Halpern, formerly a pharmacist in Landsdowne, to fraudulently bill several insurance companies for pharmaceutical products that Halpern never actually dispensed. Finally, the court was informed that, from 1992 through 1999, Greenberg illegally sold percocet, a prescription painkiller, to several individuals.

The Honorable Dana Levitz sentenced Greenberg to five years incarceration and suspended that sentence in favor of three years probation. As a condition of that probation, Greenberg was ordered to serve 45 days of home detention and ordered to pay $40,900.00 in restitution.

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