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Kinderhook podiatrist arrested in nationwide crackdown on healthcare fraud

July 13, 2017 07:02 PM

A podiatrist from Kinderhook pleads guilty as part of a nationwide crackdown on health care fraud.

Perrin Edwards has practices in Hudson and Albany. Federal prosecutors say he admitted to submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare and insurance companies for services that he didn't perform or knew wouldn't be covered.

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He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Edwards was one of 400 people, including dozens of doctors, arrested in the national dragnet. Authorities say their schemes led to more than $1 billion in false billings.

"America has the best doctors and health care providers in the world, but their ability to provide affordable, high-quality care to their patients is jeopardized every single time a criminal commits health care fraud," noted Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

The investigation was part of the Justice Department's on-going battle against opioid abuse. More than 120 of those arrested -- including doctors, were charged with prescribing and distributing powerful painkillers.

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