Nine Pharmacists Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Health Care Fraud Scheme

Nine Pharmacists Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Health Care Fraud Scheme

Three indictments unsealed last week in the Eastern District of Michigan court detail the elaborate scheme involving nine pharmacists in Detroit in southern Ohio, according to reports.

According to reports, several pharmacists throughout Detroit and southern Ohio used their pharmacies to bill Medicaid, Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield for an array of charges related to prescription medications that were neither purchased nor dispended to patients. The indictment details instances and allegations surrounding how the nine defendants billed Medicaid and Medicare for various medications that were not medically necessary as well as for some medications that were purportedly dispensed to a deceased beneficiary post mortem.

Court dockets show that between 2010 and 2019, Medicare and Medicaid paid 49-year-old Hassan Abdallah, 50-year-old Raef Hamaed, 47-year-old Tarek Fakhuri, 45-year-old Kindy Ghussin, 57-year-old Balhar Singh, and 44-year-old Ali Abdelrazzaq, through Eastside, Harper Drugs, Heartland, Heartland 2, and Wayne Campus, a total of $6.9 million for drugs that the pharmacies did not have a sufficient inventory to dispense.

Between 2013 and 2016, Medicaid, Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield paid 41-year-old Nofal Cholag and 40-year-old Hassan Khreizat a total of $1.5 million for drugs that the pharmacy did not have sufficient inventory to dispense. Between January 2011 and February 2018, Medicaid and Medicare paid 66-year-old Auday Maki, through City Drugs, a total of $3.7 million for drugs that the pharmacy did not have sufficient inventory to dispense. Furthermore, the defendants allegedly received significant funds from their participation in these schemes.

On June 17, 2020, Auday Maki was charged with three counts of health care fraud.  Hassan Abdallah, Raef Hamaed, Tarek Fakhuri, Kindy Ghussin, Balhar Singh, and Ali Abdelrazzaq were all charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of wire fraud. Hassan Abdallah and Ali Abdelrazzaq were also each charged with three counts of health care fraud. Tarek Fakhuri was charged with two additional counts of health care fraud. Hassan Khreizat and Nofal Cholag were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud and four counts each of health care fraud.

All of the accused are set to appear in front of a district judge at a later date.

Health Care Fraud Charges

Being convicted of health care fraud can have a detrimental impact on both your personal and professional life. Those who are found guilty of health care fraud can face lengthy prison sentences and can expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines. To make matters even worse, professionals can be required to pay restitution to those impacted by their actions. Professionals can lose their license to practice medicine and can face other devastating consequences. For this reason, it is crucial for those accused of these crimes to reach out to a health care fraud defense attorney as soon as possible to protect their legal rights.

Our team at Healthcare Fraud Group has decades of experience providing aggressive representation for those accused of healthcare fraud, compound prescription fraud, and various other healthcare crimes. Our criminal defense attorneys will challenge every accusation to ensure you have the best chances of prevailing. Contact our law firm today at (888) 402-4054 to discuss the circumstances surrounding your case.

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