A Manhattan doctor accused by federal authorities of a massive health fraud scheme mysteriously went missing in an alleged overnight boating accident off the coast of Long Island earlier this month.
Friends of Dr. Marvin Moy told The Post that they are left with unanswered questions about the alleged incident that apparently threw Moy overboard after he and his passenger collided with a larger ship about 25 miles off the coast. by Fire Island.
Moy’s boat, the Sure Shot, sank and rescuers reported debris and an oil sheen in the water, the Coast Guard said.
“We have unresolved questions. We don’t know what happened, “said one of Moy’s close friends, who asked not to be identified.
Moy and the passenger – whose identity is unknown to his friends – left on the fishing boat late at night on October 12, according to a Coast Guard statement.
The Coast Guard said it received a report of an “alleged collision” involving Moy’s boat and a “large ship” shortly after midnight on October 13.
“The other person was recovered while Marvin was missing,” a Coast Guard spokesman said.
“We researched boats and helicopters for over 30 hours covering 4,830 nautical miles, finding only the emergency position that indicated the beacon he would be holding when he was last seen,” they added.
The search was canceled the next day, but the agency is conducting an investigation into the incident.
Moy’s friends told The Post that the circumstances surrounding his disappearance are worrying.
While Moy – whose Manhattan apartment looked more like a fisherman’s hut than an Upper East Side apartment – loved the water, it’s unusual for him to be this far out to sea after midnight midweek, one said.
Apparently the passenger he was with was also not a close friend of Moy, but someone he knew from the Long Island boating community is a “small clique of people,” the friend added.
“Of course I would like my friend to be found. There is still the possibility that he was shipwrecked on some small rock, “the friend said.
On top of that, the friend added, “everyone just wants answers”.
In January, Moy was hit on federal charges in Manhattan for allegedly involvement in a massive $ 100 million no-fault health fraud program.
As part of the scam, Moy allegedly conspired with a co-defendant and agreed to conduct “painful electrodiagnostic tests” on patients who did not need the procedure, federal authorities have accused.
Moy, who has claimed his innocence, is due in court about a week after his disappearance.
In an October 19 hearing, his attorney told Judge Paul Gardephe that he had been in contact with a Coast Guard legal representative, who said Moy is not considered dead until the investigation is over.
“The representative indicated that he would keep us informed of any developments and that eventually a report would be issued and that report would be provided to us,” the lawyer said.
Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, said the government’s investigation into the disappearance is ongoing.