Nationwide Scam Targeting Seniors In Brooklyn, Staten Island Where Unwanted COVID Tests Mailed To Homes, Billed To Medicare Account

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Malliotakis, Fossella Warn Staten Island & Brooklyn Seniors About Nationwide Medicare Scam
Unwanted COVID Tests Mailed to Homes & Billed to Medicare Accounts
(STATEN ISLAND, NY) – Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) and Borough President Vito Fossella (R-SI) are calling on senior citizens who have received unsolicited COVID tests in the mail to report the providers to the Medicare Fraud Line, ask for a new Medicare Card, and report the fraud to the Congresswoman’s office.
Several seniors have called the offices of the Congresswoman and Borough President to report the unsolicited COVID tests arriving at their homes. The tests have been received over the past several months and charges are appearing on monthly Medicare statements.
“These providers are exploiting taxpayer dollars and ripping off our vulnerable senior citizens who are now appearing on lists purchased by these providers,” Congresswoman Malliotakis said. “One of my constituents received 140 COVID test kits over several months that were billed to his Medicare account. I encourage senior citizens across Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn who have fallen victim to these deceptive practices to contact our office so we can assist them in reporting the fraud to the Center of Medicare and Medicaid services.”
Congresswoman Malliotakis is a member of the House Committee on Ways & Means, the chief tax-writing committee that oversees several health care programs. The Congresswoman is calling on the committee to investigate this issue, as was recently done with COVID pandemic unemployment insurance fraud, which led to legislationto recoup taxpayer money lost to fraud and make it easier for states to prosecute perpetrators. The U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies are also investigating the scam.
“If you have received COVID test kits you didn’t order, I strongly suggest that you request a new Medicare number and card because your Medicare number has been compromised,” Borough President Vito Fossella said. “Call the Medicare Fraud Line to report all statements where you have been billed and ask for a new card.”
Malliotakis and Fossella urge senior citizens to carefully check their Medicare statements for these charges and report them if they appear.
The Medicare Fraud Line is: 1-800-633-4227
Malliotakis Staten Island District Office: (718) 568-2870
Malliotakis Brooklyn District Office: (718) 306-1620
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Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was sworn in on January 3, 2021 to represent Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. In the Assembly, she served as Minority Whip and the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees. For five terms, Congresswoman Malliotakis fought to restore ethics in Albany, expand transit service in her district, improve programs for senior citizens, reform education and improve New York’s economic climate by reducing the tax burden on small businesses and residents. A cornerstone of her tenure was helping her community recover and rebuild following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In addition to advocating for these same issues in Washington, Congresswoman Malliotakis is acutely focused on securing New York’s fair share of federal mass transit funding, which would go towards expanding transportation services and easing traffic congestion, while also championing public safety by supporting our nation’s law enforcement officers. Congresswoman Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. She is currently the only Republican member representing New York City in Congress, representing a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. She is a passionate advocate for animal rights and the strengthening of animal cruelty laws, and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her chihuahua, Peanut.

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