Another employee at one of several New York medical clinics accused of using a special "kickback room" to pay off Medicare beneficiaries who didn't need services has pleaded guilty, but the two physicians who claimed to have rendered the services are still facing trial.
Facing healthcare fraud, conspiracy and kickback charges are Dr. Gustave Drivas, the owner and president of Bay Medical Care in Brooklyn and a principal in two related clinics that had offices on Bay Parkway in Brooklyn, and Dr. Jonathan Wahl, an attending physician at the clinics. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges brought in 2010 and are awaiting trial, court records in the Eastern District of New York say.
A total of 16 people, including the two doctors, have been charged in the alleged conspiracy. To date, 11 defendants have pleaded guilty, and five are awaiting trial scheduled for Jan. 22.