New York: An Indian-American couple has been charged by US federal authorities for running a healthcare fraud scheme in which they claimed over $8 million through false medical bills. Usha Shah and Deepak Shah, both 63, of Michigan were charged in a federal indictment for their participation in a series of separate Medicare fraud schemes involving home health services, US Attorney Barbara McQuade said.
According to the indictment, the Shahs were allegedly involved in fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare totaling more than $8.8 million through their company, Miracle Home Health of Southfield, for home health care services that were medically unnecessary and never provided.
The Shahs also engaged in a conspiracy to pay cash kickbacks in return for obtaining Medicare beneficiaries whose identifications were used to bill the Medicare program.
"Medicare fraud cheats taxpayers out of money intended to pay for health care. We want providers to know that we are scrutinising billing records to root out fraud," McQuade said.
FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Edward Hanko said those who seek to steal from the medicare system and collect millions of dollars illegally must be brought to justice adding that the payment of kickbacks in exchange for the referral of Medicare beneficiaries is also against the law.