Woman arrested in Sheridan Ave. Medicaid scheme

Investigators scoured a Sheridan Avenue building Wednesday in connection with an alleged Medicaid fraud scheme.



The attorney general's office says Natalia Dochim, of Global Humanitarian Medical Services, a substance abuse facility, was arrested. Authorities also raided other clinics she runs in Manhattan and the Bronx.



Dochim is accused of defrauding millions of dollars from Medicaid. Authorities say the facility was a front that allegedly offered fake services and had unlicensed professionals.



Investigators say Dochim filed millions of dollars in substance abuse treatment claims with Medicaid and a state-funded care organization.



The services she was claiming, prosecutors say, were not administered at her clinics.



Authorities also allege that recruiters at Dochim's offices offered to buy back patient prescriptions for Suboxone, a drug used to help overcome opioid addiction.



The attorney general's Medicaid fraud control unit has also filed a false claims lawsuit against Dochim seeking $7.7 million in damages, plus penalties.



Dochim's lawyer declined to comment.


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