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Hackensack home health care aide from Fort Lee agrees to four years in prison for Medicaid fraud

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Fort Lee home health care aide working for a Hackensack-based agency admitted today that he billed Medicaid for services he didn’t provide during a period when he was working another job — or out of the country.

Elhan Gurban, 52, agreed to pay $64,125 in restitution as part of his deal with state prosecutors in exchange for a four-year prison sentence.

Gurban, who originally was charged with 45 counts of health care claims fraud and one count each of Medicaid fraud and theft by deception, was a certified homemaker home health aide at Confident Care Corporation, which has 10 satellite offices throughout New Jersey, as well as offices in Florida.

He is one of six people associated with Confident Care to be charged by the state Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor for scamming Medicaid.

The others:

• Naum Lavnevich, 57, of Oakland, pleaded guilty in January to health care claims fraud, admitting that between January 2008 and October 2010 he filed 178 Medicaid claims for $5,614 worth of subsidized services that weren’t provided. His sentencing is scheduled for April 10;

• Anatoli Rountsev, 52, of Totowa, pleaded guilty in December 2014 to one count of health care claims fraud, admitting that between June 2008 and June 2009 he filed 463 false Medicaid claims that paid out $12,598. His sentencing is scheduled for March 27;

• Vladimir Faerman, 66, of Hawthorne, was charged in October 2014 with 175 counts of health care claims fraud, along with theft by deception and Medicaid fraud. Faerman — the brother of renowed Russian classical pianist Mikhail Faerman, is accused of submitting $87,616.23 in fraudulent claims to Medicaid for work he never completed;

• Roman Abashkin, 32, of Wayne, was charged in July 2014 with 24 counts of health care claims fraud and one count each of Medicaid fraud and theft by deception after authorities said he submitted 212 fraudulent claims for which Medicaid paid out $6,664;

• Semen Rybalov, 68, of Wayne, was charged in July 2014 with 15 counts of health care claims fraud and one count each of Medicaid fraud and theft by deception. Rybalov filed 45 false claims to Medicaid, which paid out $2,180, a state indictment alleges.

Another indictment says Gurban filed 1,413 false claims with Medicaid for services between January 2008 and October 2012 for services that he didn’t provide.

As a result, Medicaid paid out $64,125 on hundreds of claims filed while Gurban “was actually out of the country or at another, unrelated job,” Attorney General John J. Hoffman said.

Deputy Attorney General Jordan Mamorsky presented the case to the state grand jury. Detective Kylie Mattis and Analyst B’leia Williams coordinated the investigation.

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