Sreekrishna Cheruvu, 61, of New York has pleaded guilty, during trial before Senior US District Judge William Skretny. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and $100,000 fine, US Attorney James Kennedy said.
Between January 2011 and May 2014, Dr Cheruvu was a practicing physician in Amherst who submitted claims to insurance programmes such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield for medical services he purportedly rendered.
Dr Cheruvu was also a participating provider with healthcare plan HealthNow.
As a result, HealthNow reimbursed the defendant $61.23 for the non-rendered service which the defendant converted to his own use.
Between January 2011 and May 2014, the various medical insurance programmes lost approximately $196,615 as a result of Dr Cheruvu's conduct. As part of his plea, Dr Cheruvu agreed to pay restitution in the amount of up to $550,000.