HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- As detailed in a lawsuit filed today, its seventh this year, Allstate Insurance Company seeks to prove that professional service corporations are actually owned and operated by a layperson, rather than by licensed physicians or medical professionals. Allstate is committed to fight insurance fraud in New York and has sought to recover damages totaling $10,534,093.56 during 2010. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 27 fraud lawsuits in New York, seeking damages totaling $161,000,911.11
The complaint names eleven defendants, including the owners of those companies, a physician, three medical professional corporations, as well as a series of companies used to control the medical professional corporations and siphon its profits.
The pleadings allege that New York medical professional corporations known as Quality Medical, P.C., Spartak Medical, P.C. and Richmond Medical, P.C were fraudulently incorporated through a scheme using the name of a licensed medical physician, and that Michael Kipnis, Julia Kipnis, Gennady Belzer and Igor Tsimmerman, none of whom were physicians, secretly own and control the professional corporations through a series of companies that they own and control, including ITA Family, L.P., LGB Corp. and KYDS, L.L.C.. The pleadings further allege that these defendants submitted or caused to be submitted or otherwise facilitated the submission of fraudulent claims to Allstate through medical professional corporations that were never eligible to bill or collect No-fault benefits.
"Allstate is aware of the economic pressures that consumers face," said Jim Murray, Allstate Assistant Vice President in charge of the company's Special Investigation Unit. "Insurance fraud adds to the cost of the product, and Allstate is aggressively pursuing the fight against insurance fraud to protect consumers and help keep insurance costs down."
The Allstate Corporation is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With Allstate" slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help more than 17 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate.
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