January 14, 2010, - 2:01 pm
I’ve written a great deal about Muslim doctors and nurses involved in Medicare and Medicaid fraud. In most of the major cases involving this kind of fraud–especially in the Detroit area but all around the U.S.–the main actors almost always consist of a disproportionate share of Muslims. And I’ve represented and currently represent brave doctors and nurses who’ve filed whistleblower actions and worked with authorities to try to stop this (if you are interested in me representing you in such an action, please e-mail me–it can be lucrative, through a qui tam action).
Religion of “Peace” AND Medicare Fraud
And, per usual, look who dominates the latest Medicare fraud indictment out of the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. The FBI did a series of raids on medical offices and facilities, this morning in connection with this. Unfortunately, Sheldon Light, an extremely incompetent and lazy Assistant U.S. Attorney (who sat on Muslim death, rape, and torture threats against me, after the FBI referred them to him for prosecution), is handling the case.
READ the Indictment. As you’ll note, at least five of the indicted are Muslim, and two of the three ringleaders, Muhammad Shahab and Hassan Akhtar, are from the Religion of Peace and Medicare Fraud, too.
In a six-count indictment returned on Jan. 12, 2009, and unsealed today, the 13 individuals are alleged to have participated in a Medicare fraud scheme operated out of Patient Choice Home Healthcare (Patient Choice) and All American Home Care (All American), two Oakland County, Mich., home health agencies that purported to provide in-home health services. Muhammad Shahab, 50; Christopher Collins, 38; Hassan Akhtar, 26; Curtis Mallory, 35; Mohammed El-Fallal, 55; Jessica Vigil, 34; Tariq Chaudhary, 36; Faisal Chaudry, 31; and Visnhu Meda, 29, were all indicted for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. In addition, Shahab; Pramod Raval, M.D., 56; Guy Ross, 48; Lura Barrett, 61; and Stephen Cartier, 50, were charged with conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute. Shahab and Akhtar were also each charged with two counts of money laundering. The indictment seeks the forfeiture of assets from all the defendants.
According to the indictment, Shahab, Akhtar and Collins owned and operated Patient Choice and All American. The home health agencies purported to provide home health therapy services to Medicare beneficiaries. The indictment alleges that Patient Choice and All American billed for home health therapy services that were unnecessary and were never performed. In addition, it alleges that Collins and Mallory recruited patients and paid them kickbacks for their Medicare information and signatures on documents. These false documents were then used to bill Medicare for home health services that were not rendered. The indictment also alleges that El-Fallal used the identity of a licensed physician to sign physician referrals for home health therapy services that were medically unnecessary and not performed. The indictment charges Vigil, Chaudhary, Chaudry and Meda with falsifying medical records to make it appear that home health therapy services were provided.
In addition, the indictment alleges that Shahab, Dr. Raval, Ross, Barrett and Cartier engaged in a conspiracy where Shahab would pay kickbacks to the others in exchange for patient referrals and access to Medicare beneficiaries under Dr. Raval, Ross, Barrett and Cartier’s care.
The indictment alleges that Medicare paid Patient Choice and All American more than $14.5 million for services that were medically unnecessary and not provided between August 2007 and September 2009. The charge of health care fraud conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of violating the Anti-Kickback Statute carries a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine of up to $25,000. Each violation of 18 USC 1956 (money laundering) carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a maximum fine of $500,000. Each violation of 18 USC 1957 (money laundering) carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
It should be noted that Arcapita a/k/a First Islamic Investment Bank, headquartered in the Gulf and owned by a bunch of Gulf state sheikhs, bought America’s largest home healthcare company, a few years ago. At the time, company officials contacted me, worried that the new owners would encourage Medicare fraud. It’s a common practice in that community to bilk every possible U.S. government entitlement.
This is just the latest occurrence. And it won’t be the last.
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