Corporate Compliance

Medicaid fraud investigation exposes a murder-for-hire plot

Compliance Monitor, May 18, 2011

Investigators looking into allegations of Medicaid fraud against a New Jersey physician instead uncovered the Englewood man’s alleged attempt to hire an acquaintance to kill two people, according to a New Jersey Office of Attorney General press release.

Police initially arrested Ajit Jayaram, a licensed physician whose internal medicine practice was based in Jersey City, in October 2010 in connection with an alleged Medicaid fraud scheme. While investigating those charges, investigators discovered that Jayaram allegedly offered to pay the man to kill his lover, Radha Ramaswamy, and a pharmacist, Ahmed Mukhtar.

According to the Attorney General, Jayaram owes Ramaswamy $250,000 and was also concerned about his wife learning of his affair. Jayaram had  ongoing disputes with Mukhtar, including a failed business relationship.

Jayaram remains in the Hudson County Jail with bail set at $2.5 million. He is charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder and three counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder. Each attempted murder and conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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