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Albion doctor admits to false statements

Ghulam Mustafa, 48, of Albion, Orleans County, has pleaded guilty before Judge Richard J. Arcara to a felony charge of making false statements in connection with a health care matter.

Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse said on multiple occasions between January 2005 and December 2007, Mustafa, a physician working with Hassan Medical Group in Albion, submitted claims to health insurance companies seeking reimbursement for vaccines he administered to patients. The patients were insured by those companies but Mustafa received the vaccines for free through the Vaccines for Children Program — a federally funded program administered by New York state.

The program is designed to provide free vaccines to underprivileged children. Mustafa falsely indicated that more patients were eligible for the free vaccines than actually were. As a result, the defendant received more than $80,000 in reimbursements from private insurance companies to which he was not entitled.

“Our office will not tolerate any attempts to defraud our country’s health care sector,” said U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

“In this case, the defendant targeted not only private health insurance companies but also a federal program designed to provide health care assistance to those who need it most.”

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 5.