Former Psychiatrist Sentenced For Social Security Fraud
Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 3, 2017
SAN JUAN, P.R. – Psychiatrist Luis Escabi-Pérez was sentenced to five years of probation, 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay a restitution of $230,244,for fraud in the application process for Social Security Administration (SSA) disability insurance benefits in Puerto Rico, announced United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez.
Escabi-Pérez had plead guilty on July 29, 2015 to committing fraud to the Social Security Administration. Escabi-Pérez’ DEA and medical license were revoked without contest.
Defendant Luis Escabi-Pérez submitted Psychiatric Medical Reports to the SSA in support of applications for disability insurance benefits submitted by his patients. Escabi-Pérez charged a fee for the medical visits, typically in the amount of $100.00. In addition, the defendant typically charged a fee in the amount of $500.00, for the preparation and submittal of a Psychiatric Medical Report to the SSA. He would at times also charge additional fees of up to $5,000 to backdate medical records in order to create the appearance of a longer history of medical treatment.
The case was investigated by the Social Security-OIG with the collaboration of the FBI and the Puerto Rico Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Vanessa D. Bonano-Rodríguez prosecuted the case.