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Four Years for Toms River Man Posing As Licensed Physician

In Medicare fraud scheme, man sentenced today on federal charges

A Toms River man who admitted to unlawfully treating hundreds of elderly patients was sentenced to four years in prison today.

Federal investigators said the man created a medical practice and employed nurses and doctors to make visits, but failed to pay them, and eventually visited patients himself under his employees' names though he was not a doctor.

Patrick Lynch, 55, pleaded guilty to the federal charges and faces a 48-month sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan, announced U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Lynch was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for unlawfully treating patients, prescribing medicine and ordering procedures while posing as a licensed physician with an Ocean County medical practice in a Medicare fraud scheme, Fishman announced in a news release.

Lynch worked through the Toms River-based Visiting Doctors of New Jersey. 

According to the federal indictment, Lynch set up the practice and hired licensed physicians and nurse practitioners to make visits. "Lynch then carried on the business by posing as the licensed professionals, using their names and government-issued identification numbers to write prescriptions and submit billings to Medicare," according to the indictment.

Fishman said hundreds of claims were billed to Medicare for visits to elderly patients, most of them home-bound. One of the doctors who was a victim of identity theft was Dr. Andrew Nelson, a licensed physician. Fishman said Lynch assumed the identity of the licensed individuals and then made visits and billed Medicare.

Lynch pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated identity theft and Medicare fraud — one count each — and in addition to the prison time was ordered to the following:

Judge Sheridan sentenced Lynch to serve two years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $40,000 in restitution to Medicare for the payments he received from the fraudulent bills he submitted. The judge also ordered Lynch to participate in alcohol/drug/mental health/gambling treatment and imposed restrictions on gambling and selfemployment.

Among the investigating agencies were the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, Toms River Police Department, the Red Bank office of the FBI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Office of Inspector General.

Robin April 23, 2012 at 11:03 PM
He got off light for what he has done-preying on the elder, just another case of (some) toms river doctors who have no regard for our seniors and think once they hit a age anything that goes wrong with them is "expected" and not treated properly. This man should rot in jail. Please print to let families know to check on their elders primary care -they may be shocked to see whats going on.
just me April 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Robin ... This man was NOT a doctor; that was part of his problem.
We R TR April 24, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Just like everything else... there are so amny who care and the few bad apples get the press
just me April 24, 2012 at 04:38 PM
So true We R TR ... so true.
. April 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM
This guy was not even a doctor, so you can't compare him to one! My mother had some wonderful doctors in Toms River that provided excellent care and we never had a problem with any of them. Of course, my mother was sharp enough not to ever let anyone get over on her until the day she died, but so many others aren't able to fend off these imposters and ones that don't really care. Glad this one was caught.
LOIS O April 25, 2012 at 12:49 AM
THIS GENTLEMAN TREATED MY ELDERLY MOTHER AND HE SHOULD ROT IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. HE PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS, TOOK BLOOD PRESSURE READINGS, ETC. WHEN HE CAME TO MY HOME.HE COULD HAVE KILLED HER. HE ALSO BILLED MY MOTHERS HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY EACH AND EVERY TIME. I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN HE WAS SUSPICIOUS WHEN HE HAD TO LOOK EVERYTHING UP WITH A BOOK AND NEVER LEFT A PRESCRIPTION. HE ALWAYS LEFT STATING HE WOULD CALL IT IN. I HOPE HE ROTS IN JAIL.
. April 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Why would you call him a gentleman? This is all a good reason to check out any doctor that your are planning on seeing. There are several websites for that. Pharmacies should also be aware of who is writing prescriptions in their area.
just me April 25, 2012 at 08:57 PM
You can easily verify that a physician is licensed in New Jersey by going to the following website: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/bme/institution/verbalver.htm The NJ Division of Consumer Affairs website also has the capability to verify that a nurse is licensed to practice in NJ.

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