Medicaid fraud expected to rise with Obamacare - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Medicaid fraud expected to rise with Obamacare

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office is prosecuting defendants who are accused of cheating Medicaid and living large.

The Oceana luxury complex in Brighton Beach boasts oceanfront views, indoor and outdoor pools, private grounds, and gated security. The condos go for up to $2 million. It is also the home to an alarming number of alleged Medicaid cheaters.

Kristina Zelinsky, 34, became the sixth resident since 2011 charged with Medicaid fraud in what prosecutors say is a growing trend. Zelinsky was indicted for allegedly scamming more than $25,000 from the taxpayer-funded health care system designed to help the needy. Prosecutors say that during the decade she claimed to be destitute, she got an $850,000 mortgage for an Oceana condo, owned three cars, and was known for her expensive taste in designer clothes.

Fraud on the rise

Prosecutors say that, unfortunately, it has gotten easier to scam the system since January 2010 when the administration eliminated the requirement that Medicaid applicants disclose their resources.

Zelinsky's Oceana neighbors made headlines as the "Medicaid millionaires" when they were arrested. And there could be more.

Law enforcement sources told me they're bracing for a spike in scamming when Obamacare goes into effect because those applying for Medicaid and other types of welfare benefits will no longer have to do so in person. It will all be done online.

  • Brooklyn NewsBrooklyn NewsMore>>

  • West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings

    West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:36:22 GMT
    The West Indian Day Parade is supposed to be a time of fun and excitement in celebration of Caribbean culture. However, several shootings near the parade has turned it into a day of tragedy for some.
    The West Indian Day Parade is supposed to be a time of fun and excitement in celebration of Caribbean culture. However, several shootings near the parade has turned it into a day of tragedy for some.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:09:54 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:11:38 GMT
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices