Detroit Home Health Owner Sentenced to 80 Months for Fraud

The owner and operator of a home health care agency in the Detroit area has been sentenced to 80 months in jail and ordered pay more than $4.5 million for his role in a $7 million health care fraud scheme.

Amer Ehsan, a 44-year-old from Canton, Michigan, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with doctors, patient recruiters and physical therapists to bill Medicare for unnecessary home health care and therapy services provided by the company he owned and operated, Advance Home Health Care Services Inc.

Ehsan had also admitted that he paid co-conspirator doctors to refer Medicare beneficiaries to Advance and sign medical documents fraudulently certifying that they needed home health care.

At Ehsan’s behest, Medicare beneficiaries were also given cash kickbacks in exchange for signing several blank physical therapy records. 

Additionally, Eshan owned Michigan Rehab and Management Services LLC, which he utilized to sell information about Medicare beneficiaries and corresponding fraudulent patient files to different Detroit-region home health care companies.

In total, Medicare paid over $4.5 million as a result of Ehsan’s conduct with his two companies.

Ehsan was part of a wide-ranging scheme that involved 12 defendants, all of whom have pleaded guilty, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Written by Mary Kate Nelson