Optometrist Admits Guilt, Faces Sentencing
An optometrist who most recently practiced in Rapid City is to be sentenced in December after pleading guilty to two felonies involving Medicaid fraud.
Attorney General Marty Jackley says 60-year-old Doctor Cary Feldman of Spearfish entered the guilty plea to grand theft by deception, a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison, and making false claims, a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000.00 fine.
As p[art of a plea agreement with the AG's Office, Feldman agreed to make restitution in the amount of $362,457.90 to South Dakota's Medicaid program, and $592.00 to the federal Medicare program.
Feldman is to be sentenced on December 3.
Prosecutors say Feldman admitted in open court that he "knowingly and intentionally" submitted false claims to the South Dakota Medicaid program and to Medicare.
Feldman said he submitted claims to Medicaid and to Medicare for consultation services, even though he had not provided those services.
Feldman began submitting the false claims in late 2008, and continued until early 2012.