TRENTON – A Cherry Hill doctor who pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare can no longer practice medicine in New Jersey, a state agency says.
Robert Claude McGrath, D.O., has retired his license under a consent order with the state Board of Medical Examiners, according to the agency’s website. It said the license retirement would be “deemed a permanent revocation.”
Separately, a Stratford doctor has agreed to a temporary suspension of his license after pleading guilty to a federal crime, the board said.
Michael Goldis, D.O., will stop practicing medicine on Oct. 30 under an interim consent order.
The board noted McGrath pleaded guilty in June 2017 to conspiring to commit health care fraud and received a 30-month term in federal prison.
McGrath admitted to defrauding Medicare and other health care benefit programs of $890,000 in payments, according to the order.
McGrath, 69, was released from custody in May of this year.
The doctor and his chiropractor son — Robert Christopher McGrath, 48, of Cherry Hill —were accused of using unqualified people to give physical therapy, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey.
The fraud took place from January 2011 through April 2016, the federal prosecutor’s office said.
It said the McGraths owned Atlantic Spine & Joint Institute, a practice with offices in Westmont and Wayne, Pa., the federal prosecutor’s office said.
The younger McGrath received a 10-month prison term for conspiring to commit health care fraud in December 2017.
The McGraths and Atlantic Spine also agreed to pay $1.78 million plus interest to the federal government to resolve allegations that their scheme caused false claims to be submitted to Medicare.
The state Attorney General’s Office moved to suspend or revoke the elder McGrath’s license in August, according to the Oct. 13 consent order.
McGrath’s registration to prescribe controlled substances has also been revoked, it said.
The board said Goldis pleaded guilty in June to taking part in a scheme to defraud health insurance providers between January 2014 and April 2016.
Authorities alleged Goldis signed prescription forms for people with whom he did not have a doctor-patient relationship. Health insurers then were billed for the costly prescriptions for compounded medications, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Victims lost more than $990,000 as a result of the scheme, the interim consent order said.
Goldis admitted guilt in June to making false statements relating to health care matters.
The operator of Goldis Ppimary Care and Geriatrics on Laurel Road was aware that the state planned to file an administrative complaint that could result in revocation of his license, according to the interim consent order.
It said Goldis agreed to an interim license to continue until the state board holds a hearing on his case at an unspecified date.
Jim Walsh is a free-range reporter who’s been roaming around South Jersey for decades. His interests include crime, the courts, economic development and being first with breaking news. Reach him at [email protected] or look for him in traffic.
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