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Concord doctor pleads guilty to Medicare fraud

A Concord doctor on Tuesday pleaded guilty to helping defraud Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly, of more than $27 million, US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office said.

Spencer Wilking, 65, was the medical director at a Waltham home health agency, “At Home VNA,” where he was accused of working with two others to commit home health care fraud by billing Medicare for services that patients did not qualify for, request, or, in some cases, receive, Ortiz’s office said.

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Wilking is scheduled to be sentenced in late May. He faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fines.

An attorney representing Wilking said he has cooperated with authorities. “He has accepted responsibility for his limited role in the events,’’ said Ingrid Martin.

The owner of At Home VNA, Michael Galatis, 62, and the agency’s clinical director, 64-year-old Janice Troisi, have been indicted on several charges in connection with the fraud scheme, which Ortiz’s office said they ran from 2007 to 2012.

Both Galatis, of Natick, and Troisi, of Revere, have pleaded not guilty.

Erin Ailworth can be reached at erin.ailworth@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ailworth.
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