Part of the “largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history” (Health care fraud, Opioid scams targeted.)
To say ‘this is big’ is an understatement. These are MEDICAID dollars they were diverting into their own private fortunes. No wonder we have an opium crisis. There were more than 400 arrests nationwide.
One guy, in particular, stands out:
Rashid, who likes to take pictures next to private jets flaunting his apparent wealth, is alleged to have spent hundreds of thousands on everything from basketball tickets to that $7 million dollar home, which could soon land in the hands of the US government.
The indictment also claims Rashid has cash hidden at secret locations, and undercover agents once spotted him leaving a bank with a duffel bag full of $500K in cash.
Prosecutors allege he recruited homeless people to pose as patients and illegally injected and medicated drug addicts, all the while billing Medicare.
“There is a presumption of innocence and certainly I stand by that,” said his attorney Mohammed Nasser.
He says his client should be afforded bond. — Read More
Well, that request is suddenly moot, since his assets have been seized, and his lawyer is requesting permission to withdraw from his suddenly-impoverished client’s case.
Prosecutors say the conspiracy involved recruiting homeless people as patients, sending phony bills to Medicare, subjecting drug addicts to unnecessary back injections and prescribing powerful pain medication that ended up being sold on the street.
The conspiracy generated so much money that Rashid withdrew $500,000 from a bank this month and stuffed the cash in a duffel bag, the government said. A surveillance team of federal agents watched him enter and leave the bank.
“This was a crime of deceit. His fraud was brazen,” Justice Department trial attorney Jacob Foster said Wednesday during Rashid’s bond hearing. “This was about the thousands and thousands of beneficiaries who were taken advantage of in order for (Rashid) to line his pockets.”
Rashid, who lives in West Bloomfield Township, faces up to life in federal prison if convicted of crimes including health-care fraud conspiracy, money laundering and receiving kickbacks. —
Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the collective action the “largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history” and said it indicates that some doctors, nurses and pharmacists “have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients.”
Sessions said that nearly 300 health care providers are being suspended or banned from participating in federal health care programs.
“Most individuals rely on the specialized knowledge of medical professionals to take care of their medical needs, asking for their expert help in good faith and trusting them to both help them and uphold the law,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said. “Unfortunately, there are individuals whose greed overshadows patient care, and it is important those individuals are found, stopped, and held accountable for their crime.”
The Justice Department said the people charged were illegally billing Medicare, Medicaid, and the health insurance program that serves members of the armed forces, retired service members and their families. The allegations include claims that those charged billed the programs for unnecessary drugs that were never purchased or never given to the patients.
One can expect a guy a butter-soft would-be playboy like this loser will get a rough ride in prison.
Somehow, that doesn’t bother us at all.
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