The government has also charged four people, including a physician and three owners of home health care companies, with wire fraud and conspiracy to pay or receive health care kickbacks. Federal officials identified them as Dr. William Bind, 58, Muhammad Zafar, 43, of Brownstown Township, Tariq Khan, 47, of Woodhaven, and Ghulam Shakir, 43. The government has also charged Dr. Gerald Daneshvar, 39, of West Bloomfield, for his alleged part in a more than $5 million conspiracy to commit health care fraud by referring non-homebound patients for health care services as well as billing for physicians through Lake MI Mobile Doctors, P.C.
Dr. Laran Lerner, 59, of Northville, and Mohamad Bazzi, 42, of Dearborn, a licensed pharmacist and pharmacy owner, have been charged in a $24 million health care fraud scheme. Federal officials said Lerner provided medically unnecessary prescriptions for expensive pharmaceuticals for which Bazzi’ s pharmacy, Advanced Pharmacy Services in Oak Park, which would then bill Medicare but not dispense the drugs. Lerner is also accused of billing for unnecessary physician visits and referred beneficiaries for medically unnecessary home health care services through his clinic Greater Detroit Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation in Westland.
Dr. Rizwan Qadir, 52, of Bloomfield Hills was charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and to pay or received kickbacks in a $19 million Medicare fraud scheme. Johnny Younan, 52, of Centerline, was charged as a recruiter within a conspiracy to pay or receive health care kickbacks to a physician, who would also prescribe Medicare beneficiaries controlled substances as an inducement to provide their Medicare information for billing. Licensed social worker Celestine Brown, 50, of Ypsilanti has been charged with one count of health care fraud and one count of structuring in connection with her role in a $3.8 million scheme to defraud Medicare through the submission of false claims for psychotherapy services that were never rendered.
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