New Orleans Psychiatrist charged for receiving illegal kickback payments and healthcare fraud

New Orleans Psychiatrist charged for receiving illegal kickback payments and healthcare fraud

The U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser indicted a resident of Harvey, Louisiana in a conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and for receiving illegal kickback payments. Muhammad Arshad of Louisiana was sentenced with three years’ probation, along with 250 hours of community service and a fine of $23,500, along with restitution to the Medicare program that he had defrauded. The legal records showed that Arshad had accepted several illegal healthcare kickbacks between 2011 and 2013. He had, in turn, referred the beneficiaries to whom he was offering treatment to a particular Louisiana psychiatric facility, many of whom received home health services that were deemed medically unnecessary.

The investigation further revealed that he had also received $1500 a month from a health clinic called Progressive Home Health Care, Inc., disguised as being kickback payments for the referrals he would be part of. The organization submitted the claims sent their way to Medicare, thereby receiving reimbursement of $225,211 for the medically unnecessary services provided by the associated individuals.

The law enforcement agencies connected with this case included the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services, both of whom were commanded by the U.S. Attorney Strasser for their swift investigation. The investigation comes on the heel of many in recent years that seem to focus on defrauding the healthcare system put in place to benefit patients and the medically vulnerable, but seems to thereby line the pockets of individuals motivated by greed. If you or anyone you know is in need of legal assistance pertaining to healthcare fraud, please feel free to contact the Healthcare Fraud Group on 888-402-4054 for a free consultation.

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