A New York doctor implicated in a massive health-fraud scheme has disappeared off the coast of Fire Island just a week before he was due to take a stand in federal court.
Marvin Moy, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician practicing out of Hempstead, NY, was reported missing in the early hours of Oct. 13, just hours after he set out for an overnight fishing trip aboard his boat, the Sure Shot.
The Coast Guard received a report of an ‘alleged collision’ between Moy’s boat and a large commercial vessel, and rescuers reported encountering an oil slick and debris at the accident site, about 40 miles off the coast of Fire Island.
Another unidentified passenger traveling with Moy was found, the Coast Guard said, but the doctor himself was nowhere to be found.
“We searched for over 30 hours for boats and helicopters over 4,830 nautical miles, finding only the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon that [Moy] reportedly held when he was last seen,” a Coast Guard spokesman said.
Moy was one of many doctors arrested in January for his alleged involvement in a pair of gigantic fraud schemes by New York mobsters Alexander “Little Alex” Gulkarov and Bradley Pierre.
The criminal enterprises connected car accident victims with doctors like Moy, who would perform unnecessary medical procedures, allowing the gangs to overburden insurance companies and make $100 million in profits in 13 years.
Marvin Moy, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician practicing out of Hempstead, NY, was reported missing in the early hours of Oct. 13.
Moy disappeared on October 13, just hours after he went fishing late at night aboard his boat, the Sure Shot (pictured)
Moy’s role in the scam saw him perform “unnecessary and painful electrodiagnostic tests” on a slew of car accident patients who did not have to undergo the procedure, the indictment claimed.
The doctor was due to attend a court hearing on October 19 — less than a week after he disappeared onto the water without a trace.
During the hearing, Moy’s lawyer told the judge that a Coast Guard legal representative said the doctor cannot be considered dead until the investigation into his disappearance is concluded, according to the statement. New York Post.
“The representative indicated that he would keep us informed of any developments and that a report would eventually be issued and such a report would be provided to us,” the lawyer said.
Moy was charged with conspiracy to include health care fraud and money laundering, and faced a maximum possible jail term of 30 years for his role in Pierre’s plan.
In January, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams described the operation as “one of the largest insurance frauds in history” and outlined the methods the conspirators used to make their fortunes.
The accused suspects collectively committed one of the largest no-fault insurance frauds in history. In carrying out their massive plan, they allegedly bribed 911 operators, hospital workers and others for confidential information about motor vehicle victims.
“Using this information, they then put victims at risk by subjecting them to unnecessary and often painful medical procedures to fraudulently overcharge insurance companies,” Williams said.
Moy regularly went on fishing trips and loved sailing, his friends claimed
Friends of Moy told the New York Post that they are left with “unresolved questions” after his disappearance, saying the circumstances surrounding the incident were “disturbing.”
“We have unresolved questions. We don’t know what happened,” said one of Moy’s close friends, who asked not to be identified.
Moy was fond of sailing and fishing, but an acquaintance said it wasn’t for him to be out on the water so late in the week, while another friend said that Moy’s fellow passenger, who was salvaged by the Coast Guard, was a member of a ‘little clique’. ‘ from the Long Island boating community.
‘Of course I would like my friend to be found. There’s still a chance he was shipwrecked on a small rock,’ said the friend.
Moy practices medicine in Hempstead, NY, and specializes in rehabilitating patients who are disabled or who have been involved in an accident to return to work.
He received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and is licensed to practice medicine in New York State and New Jersey.