NEWARK, N.J. – Somerset cardiologist Apostolos Voudoris was sentenced to 20 months in prison Tuesday morning for billing the Veterans Affairs program for hundreds of procedures he did not perform.
This sentencing follows his 2017 trial, where Voudoris pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark Federal Court to over 350 counts of false medical documentation between 2011 and 2015, totaling $238,230 in fraudulent payments.
Voudoris, 44, a physician specializing in cardiology and electrophysiology, has provided contracted services to veterans at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in East Orange New Jersey since 2006.
According to the U.S Attorney’s Office, Voudoris now faces a penalty totaling $714,690 in restitution to the VA for the health care fraud charge. As part of his plea agreement, Voudoris agreed to repay $238,230 to the VA, in addition to $476,4600 as part of a civil settlement under the government’s False Claims Act.
In addition to the 20 month prison sentence, Judge Walls also sentenced Voudoris to two years of supervised release and a fine of $7,500.
Credited for the investigation are special agents of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigation Division, Northeast Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Sean Smith, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert, and the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark.