Stamp Dealer Arrested In Health Fraud Scheme

The October 27th Virtual Stamp Club radio feature was about one of the few African-American stamp dealers, Kevin Custis, whose day job was being a physician.

Was. He was one of four doctors arrested and indicted in early December on charges of defrauding Medicaid, Medicare and other public health programs of millions of dollars. In all, 20 people were accused of taking part in the scheme, including the Surgeon of the New York Police Department. That’s Custis’ mugshot on the right.

You can read more about the arrests on WABC-TV’s website. There was also a less-than-flattering article on Custis in The Daily Beast in January 2016.

Custis had booths at shows under the trade name “Stampmen.” He specialized in foreign stamps. I last saw him at the Clifton, NJ, show in October. He is listed as a member of the American Stamp Dealers Association on its website, but is not listed as a dealer-member of the American Philatelic Society.

There is now an addendum at the bottom of the radio feature’s script page about the arrest.

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