FL: Boca doctor accused of nearly $900,000 in medical insurance fraud

The Palm Beach Post –

Authorities say Max Louis Citrin filed more than 500 allergy-related claims over 30 months, cutting and pasting the same descriptions of patient symptoms into his files.

BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton physician is accused of bilking three health-insurance companies of nearly $900,000 combined, court records show.

Max Louis Citrin, 36, faces three counts of falsifying insurance claims of more than $100,000 and two counts of falsifying insurance claims of less than $20,000. He remained in the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday afternoon following his arrest Tuesday night.

Citrin is being held on $66,000 bail, and a judge ordered him Wednesday to turn over his passport and discontinue practicing medicine for the time being. The judge also ordered that Citrin prove the money he uses for bail was obtained legally.

According to an arrest report, Citrin Medical Corp. came under scrutiny in July 2017 after the Florida Department of Financial Services became aware of Citrin allegedly prescribing narcotics to patients without either examinations or medical necessity.

On Nov. 7, 2017, two witnesses told a detective assigned to the Palm Beach County Sober Homes Task Force that Citrin wrote narcotic prescriptions for their boyfriends in exchange for recruiting drug-recovery patients to his practice.

Two days later, two undercover officers posing as patients went to Citrin’s office.

Citron gave one undercover officer a prescription for Xanax and told her she needed to an allergy screening because she was a new patient. The undercover officer never complained of allergy problems and never was informed of the results, the report said.

Citron allegedly billed Blue Cross Blue Shield nearly $20,000 for the officer’s “allergies”-related visit and for “preparation of allergy shots.”

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