Long Island doctor charged with pandemic-related health care fraud

A Long Island doctor has been charged with pandemic-related health care fraud, officials say.
Dr. Perry Frankel, of Great Neck, has been indicted on federal charges.
Prosecutors say Dr. Frankel submitted $1.3 million in fake claims to Medicare and Medicaid relating to the pandemic.
Officials say the claims were for services that were never provided.
Prosecutors even say some claims were made on days Dr. Frankel was out of state.
Statement from Dr. Frankel's attorney:
"Dr. Frankel is a respected cardiologist in the Long Island region who has saved lives by providing vital mobile medical screenings to law enforcement, school districts and many communities across Long Island and the five boroughs. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Dr. Frankel stepped up and brought much needed COVID-19 testing to the community. He has been recognized for his service by many, including the White House. The Government, as part of a larger initiative, is targeting healthcare providers who supposedly took advantage of the pandemic to benefit themselves financially. Nothing could be further from the truth here – Dr. Frankel provided a much needed service during a public health crisis and an extremely challenging time. It is unfortunate that the government's claims seek to undermine the positive nature of Dr. Frankel's work. We look forward to pursuing justice for Dr. Frankel and clearing his name in the medical community," says Timothy Sini, Nixon Peabody partner and Dr. Frankel's lead attorney.