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Fugitive

David Kim

Fugitive Status captured
Charges Health care fraud, illegal remunerations, and aggravated identity theft
Amount of Arrears $15,200,000

Investigation Details

On February 14, 2019, Most Wanted Fugitive David Kim was apprehended in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Kim was indicted in October 2015 on charges of health care fraud, illegal remunerations, and aggravated identity theft. Investigators believe that Kim was involved in a scheme to fraudulently bill Medicare approximately $15.2 million for physical therapy services that were either not reimbursable or were not fully provided.

Sales and Goyena hired physical therapists to evaluate clients and created physical therapy treatment plans. Ultimately, clients received services that were not reimbursable through Medicare, such as acupuncture or massage, and some clients never received any follow-up physical therapy services. Kim was aware that his partners submitted claims using clients' names and unique identification numbers to Medicare for reimbursement for physical therapy services, despite the clients having received other non-reimbursable services.

Between March 2012 and January 2014, Kim received $379,785 in kickback payments from companies owned by Sales and Goyena for the patients who were referred by Kim and purportedly received physical therapy services at New Hope. Goyena and Sales both pleaded guilty to health care fraud and illegal remunerations and were each sentenced to 4 years and 3 months in prison and held jointly liable for $7,896,007 in restitution.

Kim was found to be residing in Vietnam. Interpol and Vietnamese officials were alerted and, working with HHS OIG and FBI, had Kim sent back to the United States. He is currently in U.S. custody and awaiting trial.

On February 14, 2019, Most Wanted Fugitive David Kim was apprehended in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Kim was indicted in October 2015 on charges of health care fraud, illegal remunerations, and aggravated identity theft. Investigators believe that Kim was involved in a scheme to fraudulently bill Medicare approximately $15.2 million for physical therapy services that were either not reimbursable or were not fully provided.

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