3 Indian medicos convicted for role in $15 million fraud

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New York: Three Indian medical professionals have been convicted by a federal jury for their participation in a nearly $15 million medicare fraud scheme in the US. Physical therapist Shahzad Mirza, 43; physical therapy assistant Jigar Patel, 30; and foreign medical school graduate Srinivas Reddy, 38, were each found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in connection with a scheme that ran from July 2008 through September 2011 at healthcare facilities in Detroit, said acting assistant attorney general David A O’Neil of the justice department’s criminal division.
In addition, Mirza and Patel were each found guilty of two counts of health care fraud in connection with the submission of false claims to federal insurance programme medicare for home health services. Reddy was also found guilty of three counts of health care fraud for submitting false claims for physician home visits.
Patel was found guilty of one count of money laundering in connection with his laundering of the proceeds of the fraud through his company MI Healthcare Staffing.