In what U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is calling the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action in history, seven Muslims were arrested in Detroit. The city network of companies controlled by five doctors and two other associates engaged in “illegal kickbacks and billing or medically unnecessary joint injections, drug screenings, and home health services.”
The arrests are part of a larger crackdown on Medicare and Medicaid fraud happening all over the country. During the Obama reign, fraudulent activity ran rampant. The Trump administration is cutting wastes, especially related to deceptive theft in gigantic government bureaucracies.
During an announcement Thursday, Sessions was joined by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price to expound on the on the action that spanned 41 federal districts and charged 412 professionals with schemes to defraud taxpayers. The rapid onslaught was conducted with joint efforts between an alphabet soup of agencies.
The Medicare Fraud Strike Force, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of Inspector General (OIG), and a number of other agencies participated in the operation. The charges aggressively targeted billing scams with the intent to swindle the government, the practice of purchasing opioids with the intent of selling them on the black market, and prescribing compound medications never used by patients.
The unlawful distribution of powerful prescription narcotics has contributed to the drug epidemic in America. According to the Center for Disease Control, 91 people die every day from an overdose related to opioids.
Of those arrested, 115 were doctors, nurses, and licensed medical professionals. Including the five followers of the prophet in Detroit. For them, cheating and stealing from non-believers is entirely acceptable. Obama let them get away with it while he was in office, but President Trump will not.
The total extent of the fraud is over $1.3 billion in stolen funds, but the seven in Detroit thieves only contributed to a meager $132 million of that amount. They focused on stealing money for their own use, and who knows whether the taxpayer funds were funneled to terrorists organizations.
The indictment on the seven Muslims includes conspiracy charges that span nearly a decade and cover some 52 million instances. They disguised their ownerships, billed Medicare for false treatments, and established fictitious application information in enrollment claims. So basically, they were collecting money for non-existent patients.
Conspiracy to defraud the United States is a serious crime. Many conservatives are hoping that the criminals stay behind bars for at least the next 20 years and are ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $132 million. They should pay it back and rot in jail.
Sessions said in his statement yesterday, “Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients.”
He added, “Amazingly, some have made their practices into multi-million-dollar criminal enterprises.”
This seems to be the case in Detroit. The seven individuals have been identified as Mashiyat Rashid, Yasser Mozeb, Dr. Joseph Betro and Dr. Tariq Omar of Oakland County. Along with Ohio resident Dr. Spilios Pappas, Dr. Abdul Haq of Washtenaw County, and also Dr. Mohammed Zahoor of Oakland County.
The five perpetrators from Oakland County were released Wednesday on $10,000 unsecured bond, and only Rashid was held in custody without bail. He is considered the ring-leader of the gang. Each criminal is charged with similar, yet different crimes against the country.
Rashid is the owner/operator of Global Quality, Aqua Therapy, Tri-County Physicians, Tri-State Physicians, New Medical Center, National Laboratories and Tri-County Wellness, which are collectively referred to as the Tri-County Network.
It surely was a network—a network of deceitful, conniving, devious Muslims who defrauded the nation’s citizens of millions of dollars.
FBI agents conducted simultaneous raids on medical offices located in the historic Fisher Building in Detroit Wednesday. Stealing makes it easy to afford a swanky workplace, and the agency collected evidence, taking the criminals away in handcuffs.
The enforcement operation is a good start for rooting out the enemies of American taxpayers. Conservatives have full confidence that President Trump will continue to remove liberal thieves from government businesses and get the country back on track.