More Muslims arrested in massive Medicare fraud schemes

We’re not just losing billions in tax dollars in “aid” to Pakistan. via Judges saying ‘no bond’ to white-collar suspects | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

In Detroit, several foreign suspects have recently been ordered locked up pending trial: three are Medicare fraud suspects and two are charged in an insurance-fraud-by-arson case.

One defendant — a pharmacist with two children in the U.S. — has pleaded with the court four times to be released, to no avail.

Some said they believe judges are responding — or even echoing — the public’s growing outrage over financial greed.

“Everyone is all about punishing the money guy at this point,” said Lisa Wayne, president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Wealthy foreign suspects appear to be flight risks

When the government gets ahold of suspects like Zafar Mehmood, it doesn’t let them out of its sight.

Mehmood, records show, is a wealthy Pakistani businessman who owns 16 home health agencies and a mosque in metro Detroit, along with a rice factory, a religious school and a farm in Pakistan. He frequently travels there and sends money to family back home for a cotton-spinning business, records show.

Add up all that wealth and travel, prosecutors say, and there’s no way Mehmood — who is charged with bilking $31 million from Medicare — can be trusted to be released on bond.

“There is a serious risk that Mr. Mehmood will flee to Pakistan. And if he goes, we will not be able to get him back,” trial attorney Catherine Dick of the U.S. Department of Justice argued at a recent hearing.

To the chagrin of defense lawyers, it’s an argument that appears to be swaying the courts.

In recent months, several wealthy foreigners, including Mehmood, have been denied bond in U.S. District Court after prosecutors argued their wealth and foreign ties made them a flight risk.

Among them is Babubhai (Bob) Patel, a 49-year-old pharmacist from Canton who is charged with running a $57-million prescription drug billing scheme. Patel, a U.S. citizen from India who has an army of community support, has asked four times to be released on bond — but the answer has been “no” each time.

Given his wealth and strong foreign ties, records show, Patel is viewed as a flight risk.

 So is Tausif Rahman, 36, of Canton, a Pakistani citizen charged in a $14-million Medicare fraud scheme.He was denied bond in September because of his ties to family in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Canada, and his access to “substantial financial resources,” records show.

“There’s no question we’re seeing more and more of it, and there’s no question in my mind that there seems to be an ethnic component to it,” Mehmood’s lawyer, Albert Addis, said of the recent orders denying bond. “This idea that these white-collar criminals in this health care fraud stuff are more likely to flee — I think is demonstrative of a prejudice.”

Since 2007, 990 people nationwide have been charged with filing $2.3 billion in false Medicare billings. Metro Detroit, considered a hotbed for Medicare fraud, has seen at least $120 million in such billings.

Throw in the number of Medicare fugitives — 170 nationwide — and the government isn’t willing to let suspects get away on bond. Authorities note that it is the ringleaders in particular they’re targeting.

“The courts are recognizing that many of these defendants are flight risks,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney John Neal, who is part of the health care fraud unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

26 Responses

  1. lock them up let them know what its like to be like a woman or like little boys they like to molest. Freeze their ass sets so the general population in prison can enjoy it. Make sure they wear a burka

  2. Good lock them up and throw away the key. Next get the money back from Pakistan or Saudi arabia where they sent it. Every dime goes to jihad.

  3. Stealing booty through jihad is so islamic to these koranimals.

    • Islam is the only religion whose so called holy book has an entire chapter re the disposal of ” booty “. Hope every one of these clowns never see the light of day. Hope their wives in-sist on marrying and all the money goes to a stranger who is a greater thief than than the perpetrator.

      • The Koran has not changed since Prophet Muhammad’s peace be upon him time where as the Bible has been changed to suit the Christians.The enemies of Islam!

        • In that case, as wonderful as all you mooslems are you shouldn’t waste your time stealing from us dirty christians. You should go back to your place of origin and leave us to our own devices. Instead of stealing, defrauding, murdering, and complaining that you deserve special treatment. And really, other than being repulsive 7th century pedophile loving criminals you are just disgusting. I could give a hoot what you think, you don’t deserve special privileges, if you want to live in this country you follow our laws not yours, No blocking traffic with your butts in the air in the afternoons, no prayer rooms or foot washing stations in businesses, schools, or public places. The laws of the land are for everyone, no exceptions for mooslems. Mooslems have been allowed to bully, it’s coming to an end, time to play cowboys and ragheads!

          • I think this is by far the stupidest n dumbest comment I’ve ever read n it’s obviously coming from a very foolish n illiterate person . Cause first of all Muslims r not the pedophiles we should be talking about cause did u forget or r u to blind to see the hundreds if popes n priests that get caught raping young incident children or did that just go over ur useless brain? N second of all how much money are our own beloved Christians stealing from OUR country ( I’m born raised here n so our my great grand parents so if this is not my country’s n ain’t urs either) . Have u not read the top 10 frauds in Forbes magazine . None if them r Muslims but rather r Christians n Jews who r stealing money from our country . So please do ur research first before spitting out things that only make u look dumber than u probably r . Thank u

        • even the part the goat ate?? TORAH—> same for 5000 and more years dear every letter and can be proven by the finding of dead sea scrolls which MATCH the current version–

          your book written 200 years after Mohammed died compiled (composted) by what people thought they remembered after he died- then Uthmar burnt what he didn’t like !!!unchanged ?? yeah you believe lot of stupid stuff —thanks for proving it-

          MoHAmhead could not read or write and he stole every bit of his stories form the Bible you say is wrong and without which makes no sense b/c all the characters prophets and the angel are in OUR book- the kings prophets and stories are about JEWS who wrote the real book form G-d not the ridiculous parody recited by Mohammed whose “visons” changed with his desires (sexual and murderous) as told by AISHA

          and of course like all things Muslim not two Muslims agree http://hauns.com/~DCQu4E5g/koran7.html

        • The Koran has not changed since Prophet Muhammad’s a pox be upon him time – oh really?? NO KORAN EXISTED IN WRITTEN FORM in his lifetime- learn your own religion- sad when Americans know more than you about Koran isn’t it

      • First of all

        • First of all u guys don’t know anything about this religon so y point fingers at the religon for things like this because I have muslim friends n most of them r more trustworthy n honest then my Christian or Jew friends . So I think u guys should get ur facts straight n do ur research rather than pointing fingers at millions of peoples religon cause a small minority . N second of all these guys r not even all Muslims n lastly they haven’t been proven guilty yet if u read the article properly

    • What if a bibleanimal had done this?The media has depicted muslims as extremists and terrorists.

      • showing your true BIGOT self little Muslima? you call Chrsitians animals?? just like your piece of crap book- apes and pigs eh? you are supposed to pretend you like people of the book and that you respect Jesus and Mary- must’ve missed the memo eh?

  4. Just like in England, it is ok for Muslims to steal from Infidels! Michigan is home to MuslimAmerica! First Dearborn, then Detroit, then Chicago, then Indianapolis, then Eugene , then ????

    Islam practices sedition, not just welfare fraud. America needs to aggressively close down the Mosques, revoke special religious visas for their Imam’s and announce that Sharia and Islam are persona non gratta buddy!!

    • NO. Islam is sedition.

    • Oh really.I thought America had the so called freedom of religion.Besides if an american had done this,would you have said the same thing about him?I think the media has prejudiced you against muslims.

  5. The evils of islam exposed. If islam is such a good religion or ideology, why can those who embrace it, be densely dishonest and cheat. the fruits of islam if not killing, hatred, progrom, sexual perversity, lies, dishonesty, phlagiarism, how can anyone with an upright conscience say islam is a religion, when its completely the anti-thesis of every moral norm. True, islam does not have the monoploly of evil, but non-muslims goes against their conscience when do they such egregious deeds. In islam to be nefarious is following islamic ethics, and evil deeds are accomplished even with pride.

    Indeed the world is upside down.

    • Islam is the best religion.Just as Christians are not perfect,all Muslims cannot be expected to be perfect.When a Muslim Man does something,he is said to be a terrorist.When an African does something, he is said to be a racist.And when an American cheats,nothing is done to him.WHY this injustice?

  6. Acording to the new law in the SENATE TODAY, by McCain and LEVIN, any citizen or foreigner can be arrested by the MILITARY AND DETAINED AS LONG AS THE MILITARY WANTS. So I say give them to the MILITARY FOR KEEPS. The Senate lasw is S-1867 now on the Senate floor for a vote!!! LOCK AND LOAD.

  7. Omega, think about that law, Homeland Security thinks the Tea party is terrorist, do you really want these idiots to have that kind of power?
    As far as mooslems they all need to go those on the take especially. Send them back to the sand box!

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  9. Arabian nights Ali Baba and the forty thiefs thats what are. They have made no contribution to any society except murder, rape, of little boys.What can you expect from a bunch inbreds bastards.

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