Utica-based surgeon pleads guilty in fraud case

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A Utica-based surgeon accused of repeatedly trying to defraud the state Workers’ Compensation program pleaded guilty in County Court on Tuesday and has been ordered to surrender his medical license.

Dr. Gregory B. Shankman, 70, of Clinton, pleaded guilty before Judge Robert L. Bauer to two counts of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing, authorities said. Shankman’s case was adjourned for sentencing to June 5.

Authorities said Shankman was forced to surrender his license to practice medicine, and he is expected to repay $86,996.31 in restitution.

According to the state Inspector General’s Office, Shankman traveled to Buffalo to perform medical examinations related to Workers’ Comp, while simultaneously billing for medical services that he claimed he was conducting at his office on Genesee Street in Utica. 

Authorities said Shankman was legally required to be in his Utica office for those examinations.

Authorities also said that, when Shankman was out of his Utica office, it was staffed by a physician’s assistant who was not authorized to examine or treat Worker’s Compensation patients without Shankman’s direct supervision.

Shankman unlawfully billed for more than $50,000 through these schemes, officials stated. Specifically, Shankman was not in his office for more than 150 days between January 2015 and August 2017, even though he certified that he was, authorities said. Shankman instead traveled to medical offices near Buffalo, or out of state, and even once to Iceland in the spring of 2016, officials said.

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