After making headlines last year for providing pro bono treatment to a Trump supporter who was injured in a barroom altercation, a New York City plastic surgeon is facing multiple misconduct charges by the state Board for Professional Medical Conduct.
Dr. Joseph Pober treated activist Jovanni Vale, who was attacked with a broken bottle for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Despite his role as a good Samaritan, Pober is now accused of moral unfitness, negligence, incompetence and ordering excessive treatment, among other charges, the New York Post reported.
State documents alleged that Pober either “falsely represented” on insurance claims the provision of numerous skin-grafting procedures to close wounds from biopsies or actually performed the procedures, which “deviated from medically accepted standards.”
Hearings on the charges will be conducted by the state board. If sustained, Pober’s medical license could be suspended or revoked.
Separately, Pober has been accused by Cigna of “unlawfully” receiving $393,715 in reimbursements from the insurance company from October 2011 to March 2014, according to court papers.
Cigna took the legal action after Pober submitted the most claims in the United States in 2013 for a certain type of skin- grafting procedure. Cigna contended that most of the payments made to Pober were for treatments he allegedly performed on his own staff, court papers revealed.
Cigna’s September 2017 legal action is a countersuit, which was prompted by Pober suing the insurer over denials of reimbursements. The case is currently pending.