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Roseville podiatrist sentenced to prison for healthcare fraud

A Roseville podiatrist who admitted to carrying out a $1 million healthcare fraud scheme has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.

Neil Van Dyck, 64, was sentenced Fiday in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr., who also ordered Van Dyck to pay a $10,000 fine, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. Van Dyck pleaded guilty in October to committing healthcare fraud.

According to court documents, Van Dyck was a California-licensed podiatrist who operated a podiatry practice in Roseville called Placer Podiatry. He offered “spa-like” treatments and performed routine foot care at his practice.

Between 2009 and 2013, Van Dyck submitted more than $2.8 million in fraudulent claims for reimbursement to Medicare, Medi-Cal, Tricare and private insurers. He falsely claimed that he performed more expensive procedures than he actually performed, or that the routine foot care that was provided was justified because of illness or symptoms that were not present.

Treatments often were performed by unlicensed staff members, sometimes when Van Dyck ws not present at the practice. In addition, authorities said, Van Dyck altered a single-use skincare patch by cutting it into pieces and billed Medicare for multiple applications.

In 2011, in response to a request for documents from an investigator for Medicare, Van Dyck altered patients’ medical records to justify his fraudulent bills. Medicare, Medi-Cal, Tricare and the private insurers paid Van Dyck more than $1 million for his fraudulent claims, authorities said.

The court previously entered an order requiring Van Dyck to forfeit $1.2 million from a retirement account into which proceeds of the healthcare fraud scheme were traced. Most of this money is expected to be used to pay restitution to the insurance victims, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A further restitution hearing is scheduled May 27.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the FBI.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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