Different sources have outlined the commonness of healthcare fraud in society. Subsequently, other sources have outlined the possible charges and outcomes of committing healthcare fraud in the US. Cases have been heard of in the courts of law and the culprits have been chastised brutally. One of the most recent cases involves Dr. Milad Shaker, a 49-year-old doctor from Greensburg that was investigated by the Western Pennsylvania Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit (OFADU).
First and foremost, this case was presented in court and the defendant, Shaker, was sentenced to 41 months in prison. Additionally, he was ordered to pay a fine of $15,000 and given three years for supervised release. Shaker was found guilty of 14 counts violation of the federal laws on narcotics distribution. According to his testimony, Shaker outlined that opioid was not harmful to the user. Judge Cathy Bissoon, however, outlined that he abused his position by feeding addiction to an innocent woman. From the evidence presented in the court, this woman, in turn, offered sex to Shaker in hotels in Fayette and Westmoreland counties and also on the side of the road. Additionally, she also offered him sex texts and nude photos.
According to the court proceedings, Shaker gave opioid drugs to a woman in exchange for sex, sex texts, and nude photos. This case also came forth amidst the opioid crisis in America and was, therefore, Shaker’s acts, and frankly admitting that he committed the crime since opioid was not so harmful was troublesome according to judge Bissoon. The case presented further outlined that Shaker dispensed Percocet, Hydrocodone, and Tramadol to the patient for approximately 4 years, from 2014 to 2017. Mark V. Gurzo and Robert S. Cesar United States Attorneys presented the government and prosecuted this case.
The OFADU team consisted of specialists from different law enforcement agencies in America. These agencies included Drug Enforcement Administration, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General – Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, United States Postal Inspection Service, Civil Division and Asset Forfeiture Unit, Department of Veterans Affairs-Office of Inspector General, U.S. Office of Personnel Management – Office of Inspector General, U.S. Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General – Bureau of Narcotic Investigations and U.S. Attorney’s Office – Criminal Division.
The enormous attention in the above case presents the healthcare fraud devotion by law enforcement agencies. On the other hand, the alleged culprits have the potential of jail sentences, fine payments, and spoiled reputation. Therefore, healthcare practitioners who fall victim to such cases have to ensure that they are fully and effectively covered. Seeking refuge from a known and reliable legal assistant is, therefore, one of the key actions that such victims have to consider. The Healthcare Fraud Group, as one of the legal assistants, stands to assist any healthcare providers that fall casualty to such a situation. Our main aim is to ensure that you are effectively represented in the court of law. Contact us at 888-402-4054 for free consultations.