A local orthopedic surgeon has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $86,000 in Workers’ Compensation funds, according to New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.
Dr. Gregory Shankman, 70, of Clinton, pleaded guilty in Oneida County Court to two counts of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing and he also surrendered his medical license. Leahy Scott says that when Shankan is sentenced in June he’s expected to pay the full restitution of $86,896.31.
Shankman was arraigned in February on two charges of grand larceny and 21 counts of offering a false instrument for filing. Prior to that, he was arrested in Aug. 2017 for $14,000 worth of fraud cases.
According to the news release, on more than 150 days between Jan. 2015 and Aug. 2017 Shankman certified that he was performing Workers’ Compensation medical exams at his Utica office when he was instead traveling in western New York, out of state and out of the country.
Leahy Scott says that on many of those days he wasn’t in his Utica office, Shankman was performing Workers’ Compensation medical exams in offices throughout New York while also billing for exams conducted at the same time at his Utica office, where he was required to be under state law.
The news release from Shankman’s arraignment in February said that patients at Shankhman’s Utica office were actually seen by a physician’s assistant who wasn’t authorized to examine and treat Workers’ Compensation patients without Shankman’s direct supervision.
Following Shankman’s guilty plea on Tuesday, he remained released pending his sentencing on June 5.