Five accused  fraudsters were indicted Monday in a massive Medicare and Medicaid ripoff scheme that cost taxpayers more than $38 million for unnecessary or phantom medical services at clinics in Brooklyn, according to court papers.

Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorneys Brendan Stewart and Turner Buford said the fraud and money laundering scheme, which began in 2008 and ran through this past March, is one of the largest of its kind uncovered in the Eastern District of New York.

The defendants, Aleksander Pikus, Mark Tsyvin, Maksim Vernik, Denis Satyr and Malvina Yablonskaya, are charged with paying cash kickbacks to ambulette drivers and patients they recruited to seek fraudulent services at medical clinics in Bensonhurst and Sheepshead Bay controlled by the conspirators.

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Five charged in $38 million Medicare, Medicaid clinic scam
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