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A Bayside cardiologist is among six defendants allegedly involved in a massive health care fraud scheme in which the suspects swindled more than $50 million in fraudulent claims over a span of 12 years, prosecutors announced.

Asim Hameedi, president and owner of City Medical Associates (CMA), located at 213-14 Union Tpke. in the neighborhood of Oakland Gardens, was arrested on Wednesday, March 1, along with four others —  including his nephew, Fawad Hameedi — on a series of charges including fraud. The sixth defendant, Asim Hameedi’s brother, Arif Hameedi, is outside of the United States and has not yet been arrested.

The 46-year-old Asim Hameedi — along with others employed by CMA and Emad Soliman, a neurologist practicing in Westchester — is alleged to have defrauded Medicaid, Medicare and other private health insurance companies out of more than $50 million by submitting fraudulent claims, illegally accessing electronic patient health records from a Long Island hospital, and other means. He and the five other defendants face criminal charges including health care fraud, identity theft and making false statements.

Two of the nine charges Hameedi faces have a maximum penalty of 20 years each.

Prosecutors also filed a civil fraud lawsuit against Hameedi’s business, City Medical Associates, and will seek treble damages and civil penalties under the False Claims Act.

“Public health insurance programs, like Medicare and Medicaid, are not a personal pocketbook for criminals seeking to exploit a program designed to help those who need these programs the most,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said. “As alleged, the six defendants carried out a massive health care fraud scheme against these programs and private insurance companies for over twelve years and submitted more than $50 million in fraudulent claims. The FBI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to bring to justice those who defraud taxpayer funded programs.”

All of the defendants in custody were presented in Manhattan federal court before Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn on March 1.

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