Published on July 30th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman0
Home Health Agency Owner Pleads Guilty in Medicare Fraud Scheme
Detroit-area resident Javed Rehman pleaded guilty on Monday for his role in a $13.8 million Medicare fraud scheme, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division with other federal officials.
Rehman, 50, of Farmington Hills, Mich., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen in the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. At sentencing, scheduled for Nov. 7, 2013, Rehman faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
According to information contained in plea documents, in or around May 2009, Rehman purchased Quantum Home Care Inc. with co-conspirators Tausif Rahman and Muhammad Ahmad. Rehman paid kickbacks to recruiters to obtain Medicare beneficiary information used to bill Medicare for home health services – including physical therapy and skilled nursing services – that were never rendered. Rehman was the administrator of Quantum and was responsible for the submission of false and fraudulent claims to Medicare based on falsified files created by the co-conspirators.
Medicare paid approximately $1.7 million to Quantum for physical therapy and skilled nursing services that Quantum purported to render between approximately June 2009 and September 2011. According to court documents, between 2008 and 2009, Rehman’s co-conspirators acquired control of three other home health care companies. The four companies, including Quantum, received approximately $13.8 million from Medicare in the course of the conspiracy.
Rahman pleaded guilty on Jan. 5, 2012, to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of money laundering and is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 30, 2013. Ahmad pleaded guilty on Aug. 28, 2012, to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 29, 2013.
Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in nine cities across the country, has charged more than 1,500 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $5 billion. In addition, HHS’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with HHS-OIG, is taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.
Source: laht.com “Home Health Agency Owner Pleads Guilty in Medicare Fraud Scheme,” July 30, 2013.