March 15, 2007, - 4:46 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
If you follow Medicare and Medicaid fraud cases, as I do, you’d note that most of the big criminal indictments and charges in these cases in Michigan are against Muslims.
Yes, the “Religion of Peace” has found that tax-funded medical coverage is a good source for bilking. Muslim doctors, nurses, “entrepreneurs” and other members of RoP have been indicted over the past several years.
Unfortunately, the FBI healthcare fraud agents and Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) agents working in this area are incompetent. I know–I’ve worked with some of them on investigations.
The latest case is that of Shafiulla Hanif Abdul, who defrauded Medicare of billions. Criminal charges brought against him were announced yesterday. He is a Muslim and so are his friends and relatives who are part of a web of 40 Metro Detroitistan companies that are part of a multi-million dollar set of scams. More details:
Federal agents on Wednesday brought the first criminal charge in what they say is a series of complex, multimillion-dollar schemes across Metro Detroit to bilk Medicare through fraudulent billing. . . .
Officials said about 40 Metro Detroit companies, many connected by “webs” of friends and relatives, are under FBI investigation.
Shafiulla Hanif Abdul, 36, of Brownstown Township, who has done business under the names Hands-On Rehab Services Inc. and M&M Management Inc., was charged Wednesday with one count of executing a scheme to defraud a health care benefit program.
According to an FBI affidavit, Abdul paid Medicare recipients hundreds of dollars to provide their Medicare ID numbers and repeatedly put their signatures on blank sheets of paper. Abdul sold the fraudulent documents to companies that billed Medicare for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and possibly millions, in physical therapy services that were never performed, the complaint alleges. . . .
Fraudulent billings related to six Abdul recruits amounted to $166,000 between 2004 and 2007, the affidavit attached to the complaint says. Suspicious billings related to the Abdul investigation could exceed $10 million, based on similarities in doctors’ names appearing on the referrals and the physical therapy centers used, the affidavit attached to the complaint says. . . .
Recruiters visit soup kitchens and senior apartment buildings to get Medicare health card numbers they can use, sometimes paying recruits a few hundred dollars to surrender their numbers or repeatedly sign their names.
“These patient files are then sold, typically via check, to a Medicare-certified provider who bills for the services as if (they) actually conducted the services themselves,” the FBI affidavit said.
The affidavit details well over $1 million moving into bank accounts controlled by Abdul from area physical therapy centers that were billing Medicare.
As I said, I’ve worked the FBI and HHS-OIG agents in charge of investigating this stuff, including the incompetent, roly-poly Thomas Spokaeski, who oversaw this investigation. Since I know the laziness and sloth of him and his agents, bet on this:
If they say it’s a multi-million dollar scam with 40 companies involved, it’s more like a multi-billion dollar scam with 400 companies and associates involved, or more–many of whom will get away with it and continue to defraud taxpayers.
And where is the money going? Well, some of the many may have found its way back to Lebanon, Syria, and elsewhere in the Mid-East, sources tell me. And the FBI and HHS agents are too lazy to do the work to put an end to it all.
Maybe they should change the name from Medicare to “Muslim”Care. After all, Muslims are helping themselves to U.S. taxpayer funds, while poor and old people for whom it is meant suffer without proper medication and healthcare.
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