Sunday, July 15, 2012

Usha Shah and Deepak Shah Were Charged for Medicare Fraud Schemes in Detroit Involving $8.8 Million in False Billings


A federal indictment was unsealed today in Detroit charging two individuals for their participation in a series of separate Medicare fraud schemes involving home health services, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Acting Special Agent in Charge Edward Hanko of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh, III of the HHS-OIG Office of Investigation.

Charged in the indictment were Usha Shah, 63, and Deepak Shah, 63, both of West Bloomfield, Michigan. According to the indictment, the Shahs were allegedly involved in fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare totaling more than $8.8 million through their company, Miracle Home Health of Southfield, for home health care services that were medically unnecessary and/or never provided.

In addition, the court documents allege that the Shahs engaged in a conspiracy to pay cash kickbacks in return for obtaining Medicare beneficiaries’ whose Medicare identifications were used to bill the Medicare program.

U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said, “Medicare fraud cheats taxpayers out of money intended to pay for health care. We want providers to know that we are scrutinizing billing records to root out fraud.”

FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Edward Hanko said, “Those who seek to steal from the medicare system and collect millions of dollars illegally must be brought to justice. These types of crimes motivated by greed will continue to be investigated vigorously by the FBI and our law enforcement partners.”

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