Corporate Compliance

Three Detroit residents face time, fines for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, December 16, 2009

Detroit-area residents Baskaran Thangarasan, Sandeep Aggarwal, and Wayne Smith each pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud scheme worth more than $5 million, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
 
Thangarasan, 37, and Aggarwal, 38, both pleaded guilty to creating fictitious patient files at several companies purporting to provide physical and occupational therapy services. Thangarasan admitted to creating and signing off on approximately 1,000 files. He and his co-conspirators submitted approximately $5 million in false claims, which Medicare paid roughly $2.3 million.
 
According to the DOJ, Aggarwal confessed to creating Global Health Care Management Services, a company that provided no health or management services. Global existed solely to conceal the location of fraudulently obtained Medicare proceeds. Aggarwal and his co-conspirators submitted over $18 million in fraudulent Medicare claims.
 
Smith, 47, admitted to paying Medicare beneficiaries kickbacks to attend Sacred Hope Center, a Michigan infusion clinic, and sign paperwork indicating they received infusions and injections.

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