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Description: White Plains, New York criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with health care fraud.
Spyros Panos, age 54, of Hopewell Junction, New York, a former surgeon who surrendered his license to practice medicine after a prior conviction for health care fraud in this District, abused our healthcare system for his own personal profit again, and he is now facing a return to prison. The sentence he received appropriately reflects the seriousness of his crime and of recidivism in the eyes of the law.”
According to the Indictment, to which PANOS pled guilty, and other statements and submissions made in Court:
PANOS surrendered his New York State license to practice medicine in 2013 in anticipation of pleading guilty to an indictment charging him with health care fraud. Thereafter, while out on release in that case, and after surrendering his license, he began perpetrating a scheme to defraud six medical peer review companies by impersonating a licensed orthopedic surgeon practicing in Westchester County (“Doctor-1”). Among other things, PANOS submitted Doctor-1’s credentials to peer review companies and conducted peer reviews using Doctor-1’s name and credentials. He stopped engaging in the scheme while he served his prison sentence. After he was released, he resumed perpetrating the scheme. During the course of the scheme, PANOS defrauded the peer review companies of $876,389.97.
According to court documents, in advance of his November 2, 2020, trial, PANOS submitted proposed defense exhibits that included fraudulent emails and records. While on release pending sentencing, PANOS submitted false and fraudulent documents in support of requests for adjournments of sentencing based on false claims that he tested positive for COVID-19 and then suffered from COVID related pneumonia. In July 2022, after the Court revoked his bail conditions and ordered him remanded, PANOS was arrested and placed in custody.
18:1343.F FRAUD BY WIRE, RADIO, OR TELEVISION
18:1347.F HEALTH CARE FRAUD
18:1028A.F FRAUD WITH IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 111 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.