Saturday, November 5, 2011

Zafar Mehmood Arrested in Connection with $30 Million Medicare Home Health Scheme


WASHINGTON—A Detroit-area resident was charged and arrested today in the Eastern District of Michigan for his alleged leading role in a $30 million Medicare fraud scheme involving home health services, announced the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the FBI and the HHS-Office of Inspector General (OIG). In addition to the arrest, law enforcement agents executed search warrants at five locations, seizure warrants for 31 bank accounts related to the scheme and suspended Medicare payments to 16 health care companies associated with the scheme.

According to a criminal complaint unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Zafar Mehmood, 45, allegedly masterminded a $30 million scheme involving the submission of fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare for services that were medically unnecessary and/or never provided through at least four home health agencies. The four home health agencies named in the complaint are Access Care Home Care Inc. and Patient Care Home Care Inc., in Ypsilanti, Mich., and Hands On Healing Home Care Inc. and All State Home Care Inc., in Detroit.

Mehmood is alleged to have paid kickbacks to patient recruiters and billed Medicare for services that were not medically necessary and/or not performed through Access, Patient Care, Hands On Healing and All State. Mehmood is also accused of laundering the proceeds of the scheme through sham companies and intermediaries.

Mehmood is scheduled to make his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mona K. Majzoub.

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