RYE, NY — A Westchester County ophthalmologist entered a guilty plea in connection to a seven-year-long healthcare fraud scheme and to defrauding a Small Business Administration program intended to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rye resident Ameet Goyal pleaded guilty on Monday to falsely billing for millions of dollars of procedures he did not perform and also to fraudulently obtaining two government-guaranteed loans intended to help small businesses during the pandemic while simultaneously facing charges on pre-trial release for the initial healthcare fraud scheme, according to U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss.
“Dr. Ameet Goyal was an experienced eye doctor who became blinded by greed and routinely defrauded patients who trusted him to heal their eyes,” Strauss said announcing the plea. “He grossly overbilled minor ophthalmological procedures, billed for tests and procedures that were never performed, falsified medical records, attempted to corrupt others in his practice to abet the scheme, and sent patients who refused to pay his fraudulent charges to collections. Already facing charges for defrauding patients and insurers of millions of dollars, Goyal committed a new fraud in applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans on behalf of two separate businesses and lying on the applications.”
Goyal looted over $630,000 in federal funds earmarked for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Strauss said. As part of his plea agreement, Goyal…