Doctor was paid to treat 9/11 firefighters. He vacationed abroad and stole $160,000, cops say
His travel records laid out the situation clearly: A 59-year-old New Jersey doctor was out of the country vacationing for at least 34 days over the last several years, according to federal prosecutors. But during those vacation days, Dr. Michael Poyin Chang’s hour logs at two World Trade Center Monitoring Clinics told another story. When he was out of the country — and even at times when the clinics themselves were closed — Chang said he was treating and prescribing medicine to New York City firefighters who survived the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.