Corporate Compliance

Grand jury indicts man for allegedly posing as physician

Compliance Monitor, June 22, 2005

A federal grand jury on June 17 indicted a 51-year-old Hamden, CT, man who allegedly has been posing as a physician since 1996, the New Haven Register reported.

Elei Nakouzi faces seven counts of healthcare fraud related to performing procedures and submitting bills while working for a Waterbury doctor, the Register reported. Nakouzi has never been licensed as a physician in Connecticut despite having graduated from medical school in Grenada.

According to the indictment, "Nakouzi engaged in conduct that constituted the unlawful practice of medicine within the state of Connecticut, including rendering differential diagnoses and assessments, placing his hands on patients, performing examinations of patients, and formulating treatment plans for patients."

The indictment goes on to say that the unnamed physician who employed Nakouzi knew about his lack of a license and looked the other way, the Register reported.

If convicted, Nakouzi faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each of the seven fraud counts. The conspiracy charge could bring another five years and $250,000, the Register reported.