Ex-doctor gets probation for insurance fraud


A former Baltimore County podiatrist was sentenced to three years of probation after he pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing insurance companies, the attorney general's office said yesterday.

Norman Greenberg, 56, of the first block of Spirit Lane in Owings Mills pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Wednesday to felony insurance fraud, felony theft and conspiracy to distribute narcotics, authorities said.

Greenberg's medical license was suspended in 1995 for over-prescribing drugs, performing treatments outside the scope of podiatry and failing to adequately examine patients before surgery, according to authorities.

He had a podiatry practice in Middle River.

Prosecutors said he continued to bill insurance companies, representing himself as a licensed podiatrist, from April 1995 through October 1996.

During that period, authorities said, Greenberg conspired with Richard Halpern, formerly a pharmacist in Lansdowne, to fraudulently bill several insurance companies for pharmaceutical products that Halpern never dispensed.

Investigators say Greenberg also illegally sold Percocet, a prescription painkiller, from 1992 through 1999 to several people.

Halpern pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and felony theft in July 2002 and received a seven-year prison sentence - all but six months of which was suspended - and was ordered to pay restitution, said Assistant Attorney General Emmet Davitt, who heads the Insurance Fraud Division of the Maryland Insurance Administration.

Greenberg was investigated by the office of the attorney general, the Insurance Fraud Division, the Maryland State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Judge Dana M. Levitz sentenced Greenberg to five years in prison, then suspended that sentence in favor of three years of probation. As a condition of his probation, Greenberg was ordered to serve 45 days of home detention and pay $40,900 in restitution to insurance companies.

An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun misstated who is in charge of the Maryland Insurance Administration's Insurance Fraud Division. Associate Commissioner Ronald A. Sallow oversees the division. Assistant Attorney General Emmet Davitt is the supervising attorney assigned to the division. The Sun regrets the error.
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