Corporate Compliance

Thirteen Detroit residents indicted on Medicare fraud charges

Compliance Monitor, January 20, 2010

Federal agents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), and FBI arrested thirteen Detroit-area residents in connection with an alleged home healthcare scheme to defraud Medicare of over $14.5 million, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
 
The thirteen individuals allegedly all worked for Patient Choice Home Healthcare and All American Home Care which purported to conduct in-home health services, and three, Muhammad Shabab, 50, Christopher Collins, 38, and Hasan Akhtar, 26, owned Patient Choice and All American. According to the indictment, all thirteen face charges of conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback statute, and Shabab and Akhtar face charges of money laundering. .
 
According to the DOJ, the Patient Choice and All American owners allegedly recruited Medicare beneficiaries for their information and signatures on documents through kickbacks. The false documents purported the two home health care agencies provided care and services, when in fact, they had not.

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