STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Stamford podiatrist who was convicted of filing false claims to Medicare and other health insurance plans, was sentenced Feb. 29 to three years of probation and fined three times the amount of the money she stole, said U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly.
Amira Mantoura, 53, of Greenwich, who pleaded guilty in October to one count of making a false statement to the Medicare program, will also be required to perform 200 hours of community service, Daly said.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Mantoura, a doctor of podiatric medicine, operates a podiatry practice in Stamford. As a podiatrist, she understood the procedure to perform a “nail avulsion” to treat an ingrown toenail. Between January 2009 and August 2013, Daly said the doctor knowingly submitted false claims to the Medicare program and to private insurance companies to obtain payment for a nail avulsion when she knew that she had not performed the procedure. Instead the doctor had merely provided her patients with routine foot care, including clipping the patients’ toenails, according to court documents.
As a result of submitting false claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs and private insurance companies, Mantoura was paid $206,000, Daly added.
As part of her sentence, Mantoura was required to pay $64,000 in restitution to private health insurance plans. In a related civil settlement, she also paid $288,538.24 to the government in connection with her submission of false claims to the Medicare and Medicaid program, which was twice the amount of false claims submitted to those programs.
As part of her sentence, Mantoura was ordered to pay an additional $266,000 fine, which will result in her paying a total of $618,000, or three times the amount she gained from her fraud, Daly said.
Mantoura has to pay the restitution within seven days and to pay her fine within 90 days. She is also excluded from the Medicare program, and will no longer be permitted to submit federal health care claims, court documents said.
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