Conn. Man Charged with Health Care Fraud

June 22, 2005

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut announced that Elie Nakouzi, 51, of Hamden, Connecticut, has been indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and seven counts of health care fraud. Nakouzi was arraigned on these charges this week before Senior U.S. District Judge Peter Dorsey, and the Indictment was unsealed at that time.

According to the Indictment, Nakouzi was hired by a Waterbury physician to work in the physician’s office. The Indictment alleges that although Nakouzi never held a medical license, he performed medical services on patients, and the physician billed insurance companies for services Nakouzi rendered in whole or substantial part.

Each of the seven health care fraud counts carries a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. The maximum penalty for the conspiracy count is a term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case has been assigned to Chief United States District Judge Robert Chatigny in Hartford.

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