Federal authorities settle MRI case for $3.57M

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they’ve settled allegations of false reimbursement claims for radiology scans against a company’s ex-owners and radiologist for $3.57 million.

They say New York-based Imagimed LLC, its former owners, William B. Wolf III and Dr. Timothy J. Greenan, and former chief radiologist Dr. Steven Winter agreed to the civil settlement.

Imagimed owns and operates 15 MRI facilities mainly in New York under the name “Open MRI.”

Authorities say that from 2001 to 2008 they submitted claims to Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare for magnetic resonance imaging performed with a contrast dye without direct supervision of a qualified doctor as required.

They say Imagimed also had sham on-call arrangements with, and gave improper gifts to, referring physicians.

Authorities said Wednesday a whistleblower, radiologist Dr. Patrick Lynch, will get $565,500.

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