Florida Doctor Found Guilty of Social Security Disability Fraud
Posted on Sep 09, 2012
A Lakeland, Florida, physician will serve a 15-month prison sentence for falsifying information about his income in order to receive Social Security disability benefits, according to a Tampa Bay Online news report.
Srinivas Samak, 68, pleaded guilty on April 17, 2012, to charges of Social Security Administration disability fraud. According to court documents, Samak submitted information to the SSA disability system in 2003 claiming that his health condition prevented him from physically attending to his patients. He stated, however, that he did take care of administrative tasks and took a few patient calls after hours.
When investigators looked into the case, though, they discovered that Samak was treating patients in his own clinic from approximately 2004 through 2009. The investigation also revealed that Samak often covered patient calls on weekends for four other doctors in the Lakeland area. He received an estimated $500 per weekend from at least two of those physicians.
U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich heard Samak’s case in Tampa. She sentenced Samak to 15 months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $115,000 in restitution.
A statement released by the Department of Justice indicated that, “Based upon the income Samak received, he was not eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. Samak purposefully concealed his work activity to receive benefits to which he was not entitled.”