Thirteen people were indicted in a scheme that authorities said involved illegally prescribing opioid painkillers and falsely billing Medicare and Medicaid. A former New York State assemblyman and three Long Islanders, one of them being a doctor from Valley Stream, were among the charged.
They were brought in wearing handcuffs: The suspects in a scheme that allegedly pumped more than $6.3 million in narcotic painkillers onto the black market.
Dr. Paul McClung, who lives in Valley Stream, was among those indicted.
Investigators called the bust “Operation Avalanche.” They say it happened at three different clinics throughout Brooklyn, where many of the patients were addicts or drug dealers.
“Clinic medical personnel provide prescriptions for pain medications, for no medically necessary reasons, if and only if the patient submitted to unnecessary medical procedures,” said Special Prosecutor Bridget Brenna.
Those costly procedures were then allegedly billed to Medicaid and Medicare to the tune of $16 million over four years.
The ringleader, according to the authorities, was Dr. Lazar Feygin.
A total of 13 people were indicted in the scheme, including two more Long Islanders: Physician assistant Marie Baptista Nazaire of Melville and Reynat Glaz, a physical therapist from Valley Stream.
FiOS1 News stopped at the Valley Stream home of Dr. McClung Friday night, but there was no answer. Neighbors, however, say the doctor is well known on the block.
Also charged, former New York State Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, who is out of the country right now, but investigators say they have spoken to his attorney.
This investigation, meanwhile, lasted years and included wiretapping and surveillance, as well as patient and employee cooperation.