A Chanel-loving feminine fraudster and 4 native docs — together with an NYPD surgeon — helped run a $146 million health-fraud scheme to gasoline lavish life, authorities stated Tuesday.
The well-heeled thieves would “systematically pick-pocket’’ taxpayers by dragging homeless individuals off the road and into their well being clinics, the place they might run ineffective pricey checks to rack up billing charges, officers stated.
“This was about greed pure and easy,’’ stated Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez.
Ringleader Kristina Mirbabayeva of Brooklyn ran the illicit enterprise to fulfill her voracious urge for food for the excessive life, the DA stated.
She plunked down $three.25 million — all in money — for a penthouse condominium in downtown Brooklyn, he stated.
“She has costly tastes,’’ Gonzalez famous.
“By means of social-media accounts, you possibly can see she routinely bought and confirmed off Chanel luggage and footwear. Numerous these luggage go for an extra of $6 500. … She bragged about luxurious holidays” and was caught on wiretaps ordering a $6,000 bottle of whiskey.
At a press convention Tuesday, authorities displayed different designer gadgets she allegedly purchased with the illicit dough: Louis Vuitton luggage, a purple Miu Miu purse and a yellow Dolce and Gabbana pouch.
Additionally on show have been hoards of shoeboxes — full of $100 payments.
Authorities recovered $700,000 money in Mirbabayeva’s pad alone throughout a search Tuesday, stated Assistant District Lawyer Rebecca Gibson on the suspect’s arraignment.
Gibson requested that Mirbabayeva be held with out bail, and the decide agreed.
In the meantime, “NYPD surgeon” Dr. Robert Vaccarino was additionally caught up within the sweeping indictment.
He’s one in every of a number of dozen docs chosen for the honorary title based mostly on their experience of their area of speciality. Vaccarino is a heart specialist.
The title means they’ve handed an in depth evaluation course of and are referred to as upon to look after cops, together with these injured within the line of obligation, in addition to their instant households.
Vaccarino was charged with grand larceny and has been implicated 48 totally different occasions within the scheme, Gibson stated.
“This defendant was a mandatory element to the enterprise,” she stated at his arraignment, the place bail was set at $500,000.
However Vaccarino’s lawyer insisted, “He was not the individual operating the present. He was a medical supplier.’’