Foot doctor sentenced for bilking patients

Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage podiatrist was sentenced Friday to more than five years in federal prison for bilking his patients and insurance companies.

U.S. District Judge James Singleton ordered Steven Kaniadakis to begin serving his time immediately, despite his plans to appeal.

Kaniadakis was convicted last year of 58 counts of mail and billing fraud.

Kaniadakis told the jury that he did nothing wrong, and that his billing problems were honest differences of opinions that the insurance companies should have brought to his attention.

When all the arguing was done, Singleton said he had no doubt the jury made the right decision, that Kaniadakis ''set out on an intentional course of conduct intended to cheat both his patients and the insurance carriers.''

The judge also said Kaniadakis had lied on the witness stand, and for that reason, he would receive a longer sentence.

Kaniadakis was also ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be decided later.

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