- Allison Goldsberry
A local man has been charged with insurance fraud for billing thousands for services he didn’t provide, according to information released by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan
Yongshuo Qu, 45, who reportedly resides in both Medford and Hudson, NH, has been charged with insurance fraud (13 counts) and attempted larceny (7 counts) for billing for more than $30,000 in acupuncture and other services he didn’t actually provide through businesses he operated in Lowell and Medford, according to the DA.
Qu was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury and arraigned December 19 in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn. Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan released him on personal recognizance with conditions that he surrender his passport and have no contact with victims, witnesses or colleagues. His next court date is January 30 for a pre-trial hearing.
“This defendant allegedly filed hundreds of fake insurance claims in an attempt to be paid for work or services that he did not do,” District Attorney Ryan said. “This type of fraud and abuse of the system costs everyone money. We commend the Massachusetts Insurance Fraud Bureau for their work in pursuing this matter and thank them for their collaboration with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.”
According to authorities, Qu is a licensed acupuncturist and resident agent for two businesses, HealthLand LLC in Lowell and Back2Balance in Boston. He advertises services of “Acupuncture, Massage, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Chi Gong Therapy.” He isn’t a licensed chiropractor or physical therapist and doesn’t employ any at either location, nor does he have a separate message therapist, authorities say. Qu is also said to have provided services out of an office attached to his Medford home.
Qu is accused of submitting insurance claims for services he didn’t provide over a period of about four years. Authorities say that while Qu would provide some services to the victims, such as massage treatments, he would bill insurance companies for dozens of additional treatments, including additional massages and two different types of acupuncture therapy, which had not been provided to the client. In several instances, he allegedly billed insurance companies for work performed by unlicensed practitioners as if he had performed those treatments himself. Qu is alleged to have fraudulently billed $30,145 to various insurance companies for thirteen identified patients.