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Radiologist admits to fraud

Dr. Thomas F. Stephenson, 72, of Rochester, has pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. to committing health care fraud.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Stephenson, a radiologist, owned and operated Westside Imaging in Rochester, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who said from January 2007 to April 2010, Stephenson engaged in a scheme to defraud Excellus Health, MVP Health and Medicare by double-billing certain X-rays. In total, Stephenson fraudulently sought reimbursements of approximately $136,000.

“It is an unfortunate fact that fraud directed at our health care system results in greater costs for everyone, including taxpayers,” said U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. “As this case demonstrates, law enforcement will vigorously investigate such fraud and will prosecute anyone — including doctors — found to have perpetrated the crime.”

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 6.