A former Detroit-area home health agency owner pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in a more than $13 million home health care fraud and money laundering scheme, which included billing Medicare for visits that never took place.
Muhammad “Sib” Ahmad and co-conspirators acquired ownership of three Detroit-area home health agencies beginning in July 2008, according to court documents, including Physicians Choice Home Health Care, First Care Home Health Care and Quantam Home Health Care.
Medicare paid more than $12 million to the companies Ahmad owned in whole or in part, and he admitted that he and co-conspirators directed the payment of non-licensed individuals who falsely represented themselves as doctors to Medicare beneficiaries.
Ahmad also admitted to paying employees to create fictitious patient files to document false claims of services that were never delivered, according to the Department of Justice.
In addition, a shell company, Century Home Care, was created to launder the proceeds of the health care fraud scheme.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker