21 Charged With Medicare Fraud

By Maureen Mespell

21 Charged With Medicare Fraud

February 17, 2011

DETROIT, MICH. (MYTV20) – Twenty one individuals in Detroit have been charged in a series of separate Medicare fraud schemes.

The charges are part of a nationwide effort by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force that involved more then $225 million in false billing. 111 defendants in nine cities were a part of the scheme.

“With this take down, we have identified and shut down large-scale fraud schemes operating throughout the country. We have safeguarded precious taxpayer dollars. And we have helped to protect our nation’s most essential health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid,” said Attorney General Holder. “As today’s arrests prove we are waging an aggressive fight against health care fraud.”

Charged were Joann McGhee, 45, of Southfield, Michigan, Tariq Mahmud, 53, of Canton, Michigan, Fatima Hassan, 43, of Dearborn, Michigan, Victor Jayasundera, 57, of Southfield, Michigan, Carol Gant, 65, of Berkley, Michigan, Vanessa Dowell, 49, of Oak Park, Michigan, Karina Hernandez, 26, of Doral, Florida, Marieva Briceno, 45, of Doral, Florida, Dora Binimelis, 57, of Miami, Florida, Jonathan Agbebiyi, 61, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Santiago Villa-Restrepo, 33 of Doral, Florida, Juan Villa, 28, of Doral, Florida, Isaac Carr, 28, of Belleville, Michigan, Diana Brown, 50, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Jasmine Oliver, 32, of Oak Park, Michigan, Henry Briceno, 57, of Miami, Florida, Mehran Javidan, 48, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Vishnu Pradeep Meda, 30, of Troy, Michigan, Ram Naresh Rajulapati, 31, of Canton, Michgan, Errol Sherman, 63, of West Bloomfield, Michigan and Surya Nallani, 43, of Troy, Michigan.

In Detroit, more then $23 million in fraudulent claims were submitted to Medicare. Some of the defendants included doctors, physical and occupational therapists and owners and operators of companies.

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

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