New Charges in Neurologist Referral Kickback Scheme

A Bergen County neurologist indicted last year as part of a statewide medical kickback scheme is facing additional charges in a new superseding indictment announced by the state's Attorney General's Office.

The superseding indictment alleges Dr. Terry Ramnanan, 65, fraudulently billed insurance carriers for more than 637 medical procedures totaling $682,000 as part of a kickback scheme, it was stated in a news release.

The Bergen County neurologist, who operates the Interventional Spine and Pain Treatment Center facility in Paramus, now faces additional charges of health care claims fraud, misconduct by a corporate official, and other second-degree offenses, according to the release.

"The deeper our investigators dig, the more dirt they uncover on doctors who conspired to buy and sell patients for profit in this statewide kickback scheme," Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said.

"Dr. Ramnanan's alleged crimes are greater in number and more serious in nature than we originally believed."

Ramnanan, of Upper Saddle River, was charged with conspiracy and commercial bribery in August 2017. He also allegedly used runners to pay Totowa chiropractor Ronald Hayek in exchange for patient referrals, according to a press release.

In the updated charges, Ramnanan is now accused of bribing another healthcare professional for patient referrals and then fraudulently submitting insurance claims for medical treatment performed on those patients, it was stated in the release.

The superseding 10-count indictment includes counts of misconduct by a corporate official and healthcare claims fraud, according to the release.

Ramnanan is one of dozens of health care professionals charged in connection with the statewide criminal enterprise in which doctors refer patients to other doctors in exchange for illegal kickbacks.

Hayek pleaded guilty in July 2016 to conspiracy, money laundering, commercial bribery and failure to pay taxes charges. He is awaiting sentencing.

Tracy M. Thompson, the acting insurance fraud prosecutor, said the Commercial Bribery Task Force - a group made up of personnel from the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor and the Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Computer Crimes Bureau - are continuing to investigate the scheme.

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