Corporate Compliance

Detroit physician and patient recruiter convicted of healthcare fraud

Compliance Monitor, April 7, 2010

Alan Silber, MD, and patient recruiter Hassan Reeves face prison sentences and fines after a Michigan federal jury convicted them for their roles in a $970,631 Medicare fraud scheme, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Silber and Reeves began working at the sham infusion and injection clinic, RDM Center Inc. (RDM) in 2006 after the clinic owners moved their fraudulent business to Detroit from Miami due to heavy law enforcement of healthcare fraud, according to the DOJ. RDM routinely billed Medicare for services that were unnecessary or never provided, the DOJ stated.

According to evidence presented at the trial, Reeves recruited Medicare beneficiaries through cash and prescription kickbacks in exchange for their signatures on false documents indicating they received services from RDM. Medicare paid approximately $649,000 of RDM’s false claims.

Silber faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while Reeves could be sentenced to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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