COVID-19: Westchester doctor accused of illegally receiving government guaranteed loans
A Westchester ophthalmologist who practiced throughout the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County who had previously been charged with healthcare fraud faces new charges for allegedly trying to exploit the new crisis. coronavirus (COVID-19).
Ameet Goyal, 57, of Rye, who operates The Eye Associates Group, with practices in Rye, Mount Kisco, Wappingers Falls and Greenwich, has been arrested and charged by federal officials for allegedly fraudulently billing patients for the last year.
According to US lawyer Audrey Strauss, Goyal is now accused of fraudulently obtaining government guaranteed loans to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic while on bail.
Due to its pending criminal charges, Goyal’s ophthalmology practice was not eligible for the government’s Paycheck Protection Program (P3), which was designed to provide financial assistance to small businesses during the pandemic.
It is alleged that in April, to gain access to PPP funding, Goyal falsely stated on two separate requests to the US Small Business Administration and a Manhattan bank that he was not subject to any pending charges.
Goyal also circumvented a PPP condition by applying for two loans with different business names, email addresses, company ID numbers and loan amounts.
As part of the program, Goyal obtained two PPP loans for more than $ 630,000.
Goyal is now accused of:
- Healthcare fraud;
- Electronic fraud;
- Make false statements regarding health care matters;
- Bank fraud;
- Make false statements on a loan application;
- Making false statements in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the government of the United States.
Goyal is due to be brought to justice in Federal Court in White Plains on Friday, June 26. If convicted, he faces decades in prison, plus additional punishment for committing the latest violations while on bail.
“Although he is already accused of allegedly defrauding patients and insurers of millions of dollars, Goyal is said to have used his practice to commit new fraud amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Strauss said.
“As alleged, Goyal blatantly lied on several loan applications that he was not subject to any indictment, and on top of that, fraudulently dug into the limited assets of the check protection program twice. payroll claiming to be applying on behalf of two separate companies, “she added. “In doing so, Goyal allegedly plundered over $ 630,000 in federal funds destined for legitimate small businesses in dire financial straits.”
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