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Brookfield Podiatrist Facing Federal Fraud Charges

Samir Zaky was arrested today on 14 counts of health care fraud.


A 37-year-old Brookfield podiatrist is facing jail time after he was arrested today on allegations that he submitted claims to Medicare for work he never performed.

According to a report just released by David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven returned an indictment charging Samir Zaky with 14 counts of health care fraud and 14 counts of making false statements relating to health care matters.

The indictment was unsealed following Zaky’s arrest today. Following his arrest, Zaky appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport and was released on bond.

It's been about two years since federal agents seized evidence from Zaky's house in Brookfield. He is a podiatrist who operated Affiliated Podiatrists, LLC.

According to Fein, from July 2008 to July 2011, Zaky submitted claims to the Medicare program stating that he had performed surgical procedures known as avulsions when, in fact, he had only performed routine foot care, such as clipping of toenails. According to the indictment, the government is also seeking to forfeit more than $29,000 in cash found during a search of Zaky’s residence in August 2010.

The charge of health care fraud carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, and the charge of making a false statement in a health care matter carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.

This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Sheldon and Auditor Kevin Saunders.

Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Adele Friedman November 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM
An avulsion is an injury. (I had one as a result of a very bad ankle-twisting injury.) It would be good to clarify what medical procedure(s) he was supposedly performing.
Steven DeVaux November 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Welcome to Brookfield, Connecticut.
mike murphy November 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM
even the nobles get properly handled, once the cops have chased after and caught them. shame on the people who didn't notice the charge on their monthly medicare statement
BobCat November 30, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Stop it, Steve. What the heck is that supposed to mean? Don't be a jerk.
Kevin December 03, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I agree, I'm so tired of seeing you write that everywhere on here, Steve. I'm tired of all your comments as a matter of fact.
Pearl December 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Surgical avulsions An avulsion is sometimes performed surgically to relieve symptoms of a disorder or prevent a chronic condition from recurring. Small incision avulsion (also called ambulatory phlebectomy) is used to remove varicose veins from the legs in disorders such as Chronic venous insufficiency.[24] A nail avulsion is performed to remove all or part of a chronic ingrown nail.[25] Facial nerve avulsion is used to treat the involuntary twitching in Benign Essential Blepharospasm.[26][27] However, it often requires additional surgeries to retain function[26] and botulinum toxin injections have proved to be a more effective treatment with fewer complications from wikipedia
Bobby Caselnova December 13, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Agreed BobCat and Kevin, Steve's an idiot. Mr. DeVaux, as I understand from asking around about just who you are, you don't even live in Brookfield, do you? If it's true that you live in Danbury, take your nonsense comments over to the Danbury Patch. What exactly do you mean when you write "Welcome to Brookfield" on every single police article? And you always complain about how the Brookfield PD never found the vandals from over a year ago. Unless something of yours was damaged, stop whining about it. I had 1 of my tires slashed and my car was keyed around that time, and I complain about it a lot less than you do. I didn't even make a police report when it happened because I knew it was a random rash of vandalism and the vandals would never be caught. Maybe you don't understand that cops are humans, they aren't psychic and can't just figure out who did what. Learn a little bit about law enforcement before complaining about the job they do here in Brookfield. Our community is safe and relatively crime-free, just enjoy it. Or enjoy yourself in Danbury. Either way, Brookfield doesn't want to hear your whining.

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