Corporate Compliance

Russian citizen indicted on $1 million Medicare fraud scheme

Compliance Monitor, July 30, 2008

On July 23, an Oregon grand jury indicted Amiran Aliyevich Abukov on charges of healthcare fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release, Abukov and others submitted false claims worth over $1.1 million to Medicare and received payments totaling over $750,000.
 
Abukov and others allegedly registered an Oregon medical equipment company called Quickmed Supply LLC. After securing a physical location, Quickmed was issued a Medicare Supplier Number, which was used to bill Medicare for the sale of equipment to Medicare beneficiaries.
 
The incitement alleges Abukov and others also obtained identifying numbers for physicians and Medicare beneficiaries and used the numbers to fraudulently submit reimbursement claims for medical equipment that was never sold.
 
According to the DOJ, Abukov came to the United States on a student visa that expired before the alleged fraud took place.
 
To read the DOJ press release, click here

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