Former Pa. doctor gets prison term

March 26, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Former Mercersburg physician Steven S. Cohen, who earlier was convicted of Medicaid fraud, was sentenced Wednesday to two to seven years in prison.

Cohen also was ordered to pay $29,487 in restitution to the state's Medicaid program, according to a statement by Attorney General Mike Fisher.

Cohen, 48, of Hagerstown, was sentenced by Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Joseph H. Kleinfelter, who also ordered Cohen to pay $10,015 for costs of the investigation and a $10,000 fine.


Cohen was charged with Medicaid fraud by agents of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Section in 1996 and found guilty during a jury trial last November.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey L. Craig, who prosecuted the case, said that between November 1991 and January 1994, Cohen submitted to the state's Welfare Department's Medical Assistance Program 1,635 fraudulent claims for medical services he didn't perform on Medicaid patients.

Craig said Cohen:

  • Submitted two invoices for every one visit by a patient.
  • Submitted invoices for treatment of patients who missed their scheduled appointments.
  • Submitted invoices for treatment of patients who came to his office for prescription renewals even though he never saw the patients.
  • Submitted invoices for treatment of patients on dates when his office was closed due to inclement weather.
  • Submitted invoices for treatment of patients on dates when he was serving active military duty and was not in his office.

The state's Medicaid fraud investigation began on Sept. 3, 1993, based on two signed statements by two of Cohen's former employees, alleging false billing practices in his office, according to court records.

On Feb. 2, 1994, the attorney general's office seized 175 patient records from Cohen's office, court records said.

He faces several civil suits filed by patients who allege he addicted them to prescription drugs, according to Franklin County Court records.

The Pennsylvania Board of Medicine revoked Cohen's medical license on Aug. 22, 1995. It had been suspended since November 1994.

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