Manhattan doctor mysteriously vanished in a midnight boating accident 25 miles off Long Island coast a week before he was due in court on federal charges for being part of a $100million health fraud scheme
Marvin Moy, 51, was reported missing in early hours of October 13 amid fishing trip
The Manhattan based doctor mysteriously vanished in a midnight boating accident 25 miles off Long Island coast
Coast Guard received a report of an ‘alleged collision’ between Moy’s boat and a large commercial vessel, and rescuers reported coming across an oil slick and debris at the scene of the accident
One other passenger traveling with Moy, 51, was recovered, the Coast Guard said, but the doctor himself was nowhere to be found
He disappeared less than a week before he was due in court on fraud charges for being part of a $100million scam
Moy was allegedly part of a $100m health insurance fraud scheme in New York
He conducted ‘unnecessary and painful electrodiagnostic testing’ on car accident patients who did not need the procedures, prosecutors claimed
A Manhattan doctor implicated in a massive health fraud scheme has vanished off the coast of Fire Island, just one week before he was set to take the stand in federal court.
Marvin Moy, [left], 51, a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor practicing out of Hempstead, NY, was reported missing in the early hours of October 13 just hours after he set off on a late night fishing trip aboard his boat, the ‘Sure Shot’.
The Coast Guard received a report of an ‘alleged collision’ between Moy’s boat and a large commercial vessel, and rescuers reported coming across an oil slick and debris at the scene of the accident roughly 25 miles off the coast of Fire Island.
One other unidentified passenger traveling with Moy, 51, was recovered, the Coast Guard said, but the doctor himself was nowhere to be found.
‘We conducted boat and helicopter searches for over 30 hours covering 4,830 nautical miles, finding only the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon that [Moy] was allegedly holding when he was last seen,’ a Coast Guard spokesperson said.
Moy was one of several doctors arrested in January for his suspected involvement in a pair of gigantic fraud schemes operated by New York gangsters Alexander ‘Little Alex’ Gulkarov and Bradley Pierre.
The criminal enterprises connected car accident victims with doctors such as Moy who would perform unneeded medical procedures, allowing the gangs to overbill insurance companies and make off with $100million in profits over 13 years.
Moy’s role in the scam saw him ‘conduct unnecessary and painful electrodiagnostic testing’ – tests that measure the speed and strength at which electrical impulses travel within and between nerves and muscles – on a slew of car accident patients who did not need to undergo the procedure, the indictment alleged.
Prosecutors said the fraud ring was headed by Bradley Pierre, and allegedly took $70 million from no-fault insurers in a scam dating back to 2008.
Pierre allegedly spearheaded the scheme out of the law office of an unidentified family member, who paid $4 million for accident-victim referrals. According to the indictment, Pierre controlled five “no-fault facilities” that were owned by licensed physicians.
Pierre installed closed-circuit television cameras in his office, which he used to communicate with Dr. William Weiner, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and Dr. Marvin Moy, who allegedly conducted “unnecessary and painful” electrodiagnostic testing on patients.
The indictments also listed Arthur Bogoraz, a paralegal and manager at a New York City injury law firm, Andrew Prime, who is described as a “runner” who allegedly paid bribes to 911 operators for patient and client referrals, Alexander Gulkarov, who it alleges fraudulently owns and controls more than a dozen medical professional organizations, and attorney Robert Wisnicki, the founding partner of two New York-based law firms who is accused of laundering part of the proceeds.
Additionally, Roman Israilov, Peter Khamiov and Anthony DiPietro are accused of working with Gulkarov to operate the scheme by bribing 911 operators, hospital workers and others for motor vehicle accident victim information. From there, “runners” contacted the victims and allegedly lied to persuade them to seek treatment at clinics that Gukarov and his partners controlled, according to the indictment.
Moy was supposed to attend a court hearing on October 19 – less than a week after he disappeared without a trace on the water.
At the hearing, Moy’s attorney told the judge that a legal representative from the Coast Guard said the doctor cannot be considered dead until the investigation into his disappearance ends, the NY Post reports.
‘The representative indicated that he would keep us apprised of any developments and that, ultimately, a report would be issued and that we would be provided such a report,’ the lawyer said.
Moy was charged with healthcare fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, and was facing a maximum potential prison sentence of 30 years for his role in Pierre’s scheme.
In January, US Attorney Damian Williams described the operation as ‘one of the largest insurance frauds in history’ and outlined the methods used by the conspirators to make their fortune.
‘The defendants charged are alleged to have collectively perpetrated one of the largest no-fault insurance frauds in history. In carrying out their massive scheme, among other methods, they allegedly bribed 911 operators, hospital employees, and others for confidential motor vehicle accident victim information.
‘With this information, they then endangered victims by subjecting them to unnecessary and often painful medical procedures, in order to fraudulently overbill insurance companies,’ Williams declared.
Friends of Moy told the New York Post that they’re left with ‘unresolved questions’ after his disappearance and said the circumstances surrounding the incident were ‘troubling’.
‘We’ve got unresolved questions. We do not know what happened,’ said one of Moy’s close friends, who chose to remain anonymous.
Moy adored sailing and fishing, but one acquaintance said it was unlike him to be out on the water so late during the week, while another friend said Moy’s fellow passenger, who was recovered by the Coast Guard, was a member of a ‘small clique’ from the Long Island boating community.
‘I would obviously like for my friend to be found. There’s still a chance he’s shipwrecked on some small rock,’ the friend said.