Monday, September 17, 2012

Four Individuals Charged in Detroit for Alleged Roles in Medicare Fraud Scheme


WASHINGTON – Four individuals were charged in court documents unsealed today in the Eastern District of Michigan for their participation in a 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 (HHS-OIG).

According to court documents unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Detroit, the scheme allegedly involved a total of more than $1.6 million in fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare for home health care services that were medically unnecessary and/or never provided. All four defendants were arrested this morning. In addition, law enforcement agents today executed search warrants at two locations and seizure warrants for 16 bank accounts related to the alleged fraud schemes.

Four individuals are charged in one indictment including one physician, two clinic owners and one nurse. According to court documents, the conspiracy was allegedly operated out of Angle’s Touch Home Health Care LLC, a home health agency in Taylor, Mich.

Defendants charged include: Dr. Sonjai Poonpanij, 77, of Rochester, Mich.; clinic owners Attaullah Arain, 45, of Brownstown, Mich., and Nadia Arain, 39, of Brownstown; and registered nurse Judith Ragasa, 49, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

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