WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – State and federal agents raided a Williamsville medical office Friday, seizing boxes full of medical records and office equipment.
The agents executed a sealed search warrant, so few details of the seizure are being released. Agents focused on the office of Dr. Eugene Gosy, a well known neurologist, whose clinic on College Parkway is the largest pain management clinic in the state of New York.
Agents from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and the New York Department of Financial Services all took part in the raid.
Because the search warrant is sealed, federal officials released very little information about the nature of the raid, but Dr. Gosy is known as the doctor other doctors send their patients to for pain relief.
Gosy’s treatment center, Gosy and Associates, is the largest pain management clinic in New York state, and the Williamsville neurologist has stated previously, “We would like to ensure that the prescriptions are given for the right patient for the right reasons, and being used for that purpose,” in an interview with News 4 for an investigative report back on November 14, 2012.
Niagara Falls internist Dr. Pravin Mehta had been indicted on federal charges of prescribing painkillers without the proper medical exams. Dr. Mehta is still awaiting trial, and attorneys revealed last week in court, a plea deal might be in the works.
State law has been changed since Mehta’s arrest to outlaw “doctor shopping” for pain medication, and Gosy said proudly, “We hear testimonials that we are the last stop because the patients would either jump off the Grand Island Bridge, or do something else to harm themselves because they don’t want to live like that.”
Dr. Gosy’s attorney Jesse Baldwin issued a brief statement saying, in part, his client has a stellar reputation in the medical community, nationwide.
“Dr. Gosy and his staff have a long history of providing the highest quality pain management care to their patients.” Addressing the raid, he said, “Dr. Gosy has fully cooperated with the authorities in this matter.”
Despite the seizure of medical records and office machines, Baldwin confirmed Dr. Gosy is still seeing patients.
Law enforcement officials would not say what they are looking for, but Health and Human Services’ Inspector General is charged with rooting out Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and the state’s Department of Financial Services checks out claims of insurance fraud.