Detroit: Muslim Pleads Guilty in $22M Home Health Care Fraud Scheme

via FBI — Founder of Detroit-Area Home Health Agencies Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud Conspiracy.

The founder of three Detroit-area home health agencies pleaded guilty today in federal court for his role in a $22 million home health care fraud scheme.

Tayyab Aziz, 45, of Homer Glen, Illinois, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman in the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. His sentencing is scheduled for March 3, 2015.

According to admissions in his plea agreement, Aziz founded three Detroit-area home health care agencies, Prestige Home Health Services Inc. (Prestige), Royal Home Health Care Inc., and Platinum Home Health Services Inc. (Platinum). Using these companies, Aziz admitted that he orchestrated a conspiracy to defraud Medicare through fraudulent billings for home health care services.

Specifically, Aziz admitted that he and his co-conspirators submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare for services that were medically unnecessary or never performed. They also submitted claims for services purportedly provided to Medicare beneficiaries who were recruited through illegal kickbacks paid to the patients and recruiters. To conceal the fraud, Aziz admitted that he and his co-conspirators created fictitious physical therapy files to document physical therapy and other services that had not actually been provided and were not medically necessary. Aziz also created and submitted falsified records to the Michigan Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) in order for Prestige and Platinum to remain accredited Medicare providers.

As a result of Aziz’s fraudulent conduct, Medicare paid approximately $1,915,513. Five of six other defendants in this case have also previously pleaded guilty.

This case was investigated by the FBI, HHS-OIG and IRS-CI and was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, under the supervision of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. This case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Niall M. O’Donnell and James P. McDonald of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.

Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in nine cities across the country, has charged nearly 2,000 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $6 billion. In addition, the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.

To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), go to: www.stopmedicarefraud.gov.

 

Dearborn: Muslim beats woman, drags her behind car with kids inside

via Mother beaten, dragged behind car in Dearborn; Surveillance video captures domestic violence attack – WXYZ.com. h/t Diane (video at link would not embed)

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) – You can see it on the video: A car pulled over in Dearborn. Inside, a couple argued. This was no lovers’ spat. It was the beginning of a disagreement that erupted into a full blown attack on a mother and her two children.

The fight ended with a woman being dragged around a city block.

In the exclusive video above, an SUV pulls to the side of Chase Road. Police say the driver, a woman, got into an argument with the father of her children who was in the passenger seat. The mother pulled over and told the man to get out. Surveillance cameras from a business captured every detail.

With a 2-year-old and 3-year-old in the back seat, police say 34-year-old Hassan Sayed forced his way into the driver’s seat, but not before chasing the woman into the street, taking her purse, pushing and hitting her.

Police say he overpowered the mother of his children, and with the kids in the back seat, drove away at a high rate of speed dragging the mother caught in the door.

“She was still attempting to get him out of the car when he took off with her hanging on to the side of the vehicle,” says Dearborn Police Detective Patricia Penman.

Sayed is now looking at years behind bars. The habitual offender was charged Wednesday with stealing the victim’s cell phone, child abuse and neglect and assault with a deadly weapon, the weapon being the car.

This domestic dispute happened in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports 25 percent of women will become victims of domestic violence, that’s almost a million women battered annually.

For help with domestic abuse, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).


Democrats and liberals continue to support the real war on women: Islam!

Michigan: Muslims convicted of $29M Medicare fraud in Detroit

Two of the convicts are repeat offenders. via 3 convicted of $29M Medicare fraud in Detroit – Northern Michigan’s News Leader.

DETROIT (AP) – A federal jury in Detroit has convicted the operator of an adult day care center and two home health care company owners in a $29 million Medicare fraud conspiracy.

The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday that 51-year-old Felicar Williams, 54-year-old Abdul Malik Al-Jumail and 25-year-old Jamella Al-Jumail were found guilty late Tuesday of billing Medicare for health services that weren’t provided. The conviction comes after a 12-week trial.

Prosecutors say Abdul Malik Al-Jumail paid kickbacks to Williams for billing information about patients at Haven Adult Day Care Center. Al-Jumail used the information to fraudulently bill Medicare through multiple health care companies.

Investigators found Jamella Al-Jumail burned falsified patient records the day her father was arrested.

Sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.

Back story from the DOJ:

According to court documents, the scheme allegedly involved a total of more than $24.7 million in fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare for purported home health care and psychotherapy services that were medically unnecessary and/or never provided.

Court documents allege that the defendants are operators, employees and marketers associated with home health care and psychotherapy clinics operating in and around Detroit.  Defendants charged in court documents unsealed today include: Mohammed Sadiq, 65, Troy, Mich.; Jamella Al-Jumail, 23, of Brownstown, Mich.; Firas Alky, 40, of Shelby Township, Mich.; Clarence Cooper, 53, of Detroit; and Beverly Cooper, 58, of Detroit.

Four defendants charged in the superseding indictment were previously charged and arrested in May 2012 for their roles in the scheme.  Defendants previously charged include: Sachin Sharma, 36, of Shelby Township; Dana Sharma, 29, of Shelby Township; Abdul Malik Al-Jumail, aka Tony, 52, of Brownstown; Felicar Williams, 49, of Dearborn, Mich.

Michigan: 3 more meat markets raided in multi-million dollar food stamp fraud

Muslim immigrants aren’t contributing to the fabric of America, but they are robbing taxpayers blind. Yesterday it was a $12.5M food stamp fraud with at least five Muhammad’s arrested, and the thievery continues via Feds raid second Flint business, allege more than $1 million in food stamp fraud | MLive.com.

FLINT, MI — Federal authorities have raided a second Flint business after they claim more than $1 million dollars in food stamp benefits was allegedly traded for cash a convenience store located in the downtown Mass Transportation Authority station, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Flint U.S. District Court.

The complaint alleges that two people were involved in the alleged scheme.

The two suspects have not been arraigned on any charges. Court records show one was arrested and released Tuesday on $25,000 bond.

Joan Morgan, an attorney representing one of the suspects, declined to comment on the case.

An affidavit filed with the complaint by inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture claim that the alleged fraud exceeded $1.1 million since August 2009.

MTA General Manager Ed Benning said he did not have any comment on the criminal allegations. Benning said that the MTA leased space in the downtown station to the store and the shop had been a good tenant.

Federal authorities executed a search warrant at the store Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Officials with the USDA declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Benning said his office was not given any notification of the impending raid by federal agents. He said he became aware of the situation after MTA employees called to tell him that agents closed the store.

The store was open Wednesday, Oct. 1.

The store is registered to Madiha’s Enterprises Inc., according to court records. A phone number listed for the company was disconnected. A man at the store who identified himself as the manager declined to comment on the allegations.

Authorities claim they became aware of the suspected fraud after a review of SNAP transactions revealed a transaction history far excess of that of comparable stores.

The affidavit claims the store averaged more than $21,000 per month in SNAP transactions over the past five years. Comparable stores in the same geographic area averaged just $2,500 in transactions.

The allegations come on the heels of another investigation by USDA officials.

Federal authorities claim more than $5 million in food stamp benefits were illegally traded for cash by workers at two meat markets in Flint and Saginaw, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, Sept. 29.

The complaint alleges that four people, including two workers at Shorthorn Meats in Flint and Saginaw, were part of the alleged scheme.

The affidavit, filed by a special agent from the USDA, claims that the investigation began in December 2011 and involved undercover police officers and confidential informants allegedly trading federal food assistance benefits for cash.

The other two referenced: Flint, Saginaw grocery stores part of investigation into more than $5 million in food stamp fraud

FLINT, MI — Federal authorities claim more than $5 million in food stamp benefits were illegally traded for cash by workers at two meat markets in Flint and Saginaw, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, Sept. 29, in Flint U.S. District Court.

The complaint alleges that four people, including two workers at Shorthorn Meats in Flint and Saginaw, were part of the alleged scheme.

All four suspects have been arrested and released on $25,000 bond.

Agents from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Internal Revenue Service executed a search warrant Monday at the Flint store, 2002 W. Pierson Road, on Flint’s north side, according to IRS spokeswoman Special Agent JoAnne McLean.

McLean declined to comment on the case outside of what was included in an affidavit filed with the criminal complaint.

Hani S. Halloun, who owns the Shorthorn markets in Flint and Saginaw, said he was out of town when he learned that authorities were executing the warrant Monday at the Flint location.

Halloun, who is not named as a suspect in the complaint, said he is unsure what federal agents were targeting with the warrant and he has hired an attorney to help track down a reason behind the warrant. He declined to comment further on the situation.

The affidavit, filed by a special agent from the USDA, claims that the investigation began in December 2011 and involved undercover police officers and confidential informants allegedly trading federal food assistance benefits for cash.

An undercover officer claimed he went into the Flint store multiple times and received cash for purchases made with his Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit claims the officer made orders for hundreds of dollars at the store that would then be picked up by a man authorities alleged was involved in the scheme.

The undercover officer would charge the order to SNAP benefits and receive a receipt. He would then allegedly travel to another business where the other person involved with the scheme would trade the transaction receipt for cash.

The undercover officer would typically receive cash in the amount of roughly half the original transaction value, according to the affidavit.

Authorities allege Shorthorn employees at both its Flint and Saginaw locations also purchased federal food benefits from confidential informants for cash, according to the affidavit.

Typically, the confidential informants would also receive cash in the amount of roughly half the value of the benefits they sold, according to the affidavit

The USDA alleges that Shorthorn redeemed an average of more than $54,000 per month in food benefits since 2005. The affidavit claims similar-sized grocery stores within a five-mile radius of Shorthorn redeemed less than $10,000 monthly on average over that same time frame.

Dozens more examples in the archives and those are only the arrests we know about, there are many more.

Michigan: Feds bust $12.5M food stamp fraud, at least five Muhammad’s arrested

Hamtramck, Michigan is occupied territory, a Muslim outpost. Immigration officials were part of the investigation and raids, yet all those arrested posted a meager bond. They should all be deported but most will likely be robbing U.S. taxpayers again soon. via Feds bust markets for food stamp fraud, arrests made | Hamtramck Review. h/t Dee

On Tuesday, federal investigators raided and later charged six Hamtramck markets, all Bengali-owned, with food stamp fraud.

Raids were also conducted at other markets in Warren and Detroit. In total, authorities say the markets defrauded the government of $12.5 million during the time the investigation was held.

A spokesman for the government could not be reached by the time The Review went to press on Thursday. However, the U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a press release on Tuesday, but it contained few details.

The U.S. Attorney for the Detroit office, Barbara McQuade, said in the press release:

“Taxpayers in Michigan fund food stamp programs to provide food for the needy, not to create a commodity to be traded for profit. We hope today’s charges will deter other merchants to ensure that food assistance programs are not abused.”

Here is how the scam worked: Market owners or employees would offer to give back cash to customers through their Bridge cards or other food stamp cards, but at a cost. The stores would also charge a fee on the card for themselves.

In some instances, authorities said, that surcharge was as much as what customers received. For example, a customer might ask for $50 in cash, but the store would then charge an additional $50 to the customer’s card and keep that amount for themselves.

Federal investigators, which included immigration officials, were joined by state agencies in the investigation. It was not made known how long the investigation lasted.

The following markets and individuals were charged Tuesday afternoon in federal court:

Al Amin Supermarket, 11920 Conant, owner Moklasur Mukul, age 36, of Hamtramck.

Bengal American Grocery, 9800 Jos. Campau, manager Mohamed Ali, age 38, resident of Detroit.

Deshi Bazar, 12045 Conant, owners Ali Ahmed, age 31, and Nazir Ahmed, age 32, and employee Mustak Ahmed, age 34, all residents of Detroit.

Maloncho Greens House, 12133 Conant, owner Azizur Ullah, age 37, of Hamtramck, and employees Mohammed Chadek, age 44, Mohammed Miah, age 38, and Mohammed Amin, age 38, residents of Hamtramck.

New Al-Madeena Grocery, 2220-2222 Caniff, owner Dilshad Chowdhury, age 34, resident of Hamtramck.

Pay-Less Foods, 11350 Jos. Campau, owner Mohamed Ahmed, age 58, resident of Hamtramck.

According to media reports, each of those charged posted a $10,000 bond.

Here is what is not known and what we would like investigators to answer:

What were the individuals charged with and what are the penalties?

How did they become aware of the scam?

Since all of the markets charged are Bengali-owned, was the Bengali community solely the focus of this investigation? Or was this just a coincidence?

There were several other markets raided in Hamtramck, does that mean more charges are coming?

Will the Bridge card holders who participated in the scam also face charges and/or get kicked off the program?

What does the immigration aspect of the investigation mean? Will some of those charged, or others, face deportation if they are not citizens?

According to our sources, food stamp fraud has been Hamtramck’s worst kept secret. In fact, sources say, it gets more involved. There are many households where people use several aliases to collect benefits.

In other instances there are households claiming false dependents.

News of Tuesday’s busts drew immediate outrage in the comment sections of various media outlets. Many commentators assumed those charged were Arab-Americans, based on their names.

In Hamtramck, the raids were the buzz of the town.

Al Pronko, the owner of a small business located next to one of the markets raided, said he long suspected there was fraud being committed.

“I know they were doing it,” Pronko said. “People would line up out of the store and come out with nothing.”

Not only that, he said, the market had hardly any food items in stock. Pronko said seeing the scam day-after-day made him mad.

“It upsets me we have to subsidize people from other countries who abuse the system,” he said.

Pronko said he welcomed the raids but says the government “needs to do a lot more.”

 

Ramadan noise leads to outdoor sports ban after 10:00PM in Dearborn

Contributing to the fabric of America…via The Arab American News – Dearborn outlaws outdoor sports on residential properties after 10:00 p.m.. h/t Dee

DEARBORN – The city has made an amendment to it’s Nuisance Code to outlaw outdoor recreational activities such as basketball, soccer and football on residential properties between the late evening and early morning.

The code added to the ordinance states “Recreational activities in residential areas. Noise generated by outdoor recreational activities (e.g. , basketball, tennis, hockey) shall be prohibited in residential areas between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a..m.”

The city had apparently received numerous complaints over the summer of teens and young adults engaging in outdoor sports during evening hours, upsetting neighbors who were attempting to sleep.

An increase of such activities also occurred during the holy month of Ramadan, when residents tend to stay up late in order to eat sahoor before going to bed.

Before the amendment was passed at this week’s city council meeting, Councilman Mike Sareini expressed concerns regarding the severe punishment that came with breaking the code.

Originally, the city was looking to charge residents with a misdemeanor, along with a $500 fine if laws were broken and outdoor sports were played between the prohibited hours. Sareini expressed concerns that the ordinance would most likely target teens and young adults who would have difficulty obtaining jobs or applying for college with a misdemeanor on their record.

The council went on to agree that the code would be handled in a “progressive crime” manner, where a resident would receive a civil infraction on first offense, along with a $100 fine. Any further offenses from the same resident would then result in a misdemeanor charge along with a $500 fine.

Obama’s rampant Islamic immigration, legal and illegal, no jobs, high birth rates and staggering welfare outlays play a role too.

Michigan: Muslim doctor who prescribed unnecessary chemo, pleads guilty in $91M Medicare fraud

That’s a lot more than the $35M previously reported. via Michigan Patch. h/t Dee

In a surprise move, Oakland County oncologist Dr. Farid Fata has pleaded guilty to charges in a scheme to bilk Medicare out at least $91 million by prescribing unnecessary treatments and in some cases telling patients who weren’t sick that they had cancer

“It is my choice,” Fata said of his decision to plead guilty. “I knew that the infusions … were medically unnecessary.”

The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and other area media are reporting that Fata, 49, pleased guilty to health care fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to give and get kickbacks – 16 counts in all.

When Fata is sentenced on Feb. 23, 2015, he could face up to 175 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the health-care fraud counts, and a $500,000 fine for money laundering. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said she will seek a life sentence for what she called the most egregious case of health-care fraud she’s ever seen.5418c9153f2ad

“We have seen health care fraud before … but this one really is unique in that he exploited patients,” McQuade said.

» Read the criminal complaint against Dr. Farid Fata.

Fata’s plea comes on the first day of a hearing on motions filed in the trial that was to have begun next month. Fata still has to answer six remaining counts of health-care fraud in a trial scheduled for March 16.

Whistleblower Angela Swantek, a Royal Oak chemotherapy nurse who became suspicious of some of the practices in Fata’s clinic in a 2010 interview and reported him to state health officials, told the Free Press she wasn’t surprised that Fata pleaded guilty to the charges.

“I wondered how his team was going to defend him,” she said. “The charts don’t lie.”

Survivors of two of Fata’s patients told The Detroit News they’re disappointed that that the full story won’t be told in court. Liz Lupo, whose mother died of lung cancer in 2007, and Cynthia Burt, whose sister died in 2011, think Fata’s treatments were responsible for their loved ones’ deaths.

“He’s not being charged with enough,” Lupo said. “He pled guilty to a handful of patients when there were thousands. We wanted to hear the details about how he was allowed to (do this).”

But said she’s glad Fata accepted responsibility and hopes he’ll pay for his crimes with life in prison, but she said the plea deal cheats “the patients and family members (who) are not going to get the answers they seek.”

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