Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 3, 2017
Former Psychiatrist Sentenced For Social Security Fraud
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.