The Justice Department is dubbing what just went down in this state as the “Largest Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action in Department of Justice History” Although, many states were involved, Michigan had the second most defendants arrested with 32 total, with Florida being first, with 77 arrested.
A group of doctors in Detroit has just been busted as the masterminds behind a $1.3 billion dollar fraudulent scheme, leading to the arrests of 412 people overnight, in the largest scam that the United States Department of Justice has ever seen.
According to Click On Detroit, a local man from West Bloomfield, Michigan “Mashiyat Rashid is accused of being the ring leader in scamming Medicare for $164 million. Rashid had no problem displaying his significant wealth on Facebook, where pictures show him standing in front of a Bentley sedan and a corporate jet. Before the raids, Rashid had a multimillion-dollar fortune.
The Detroit News stated, “the Muslim businessman, who moved to the United States from Bangladesh and is a U.S. citizen, was building a $7 million mansion in Franklin, leased a private jet for a golf vacation up north, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on courtside NBA tickets, drove a Rolls-Royce and stuffed secret storage units with cash, according to federal court records and prosecutors.”
Mashiyat Rashid in front of car and jet
The Drug Enforcement Agency’s Tim Plancon issued a warning.“It certainly should be a message to any rogue physician,” Plancon said. “If they think they’re going to get away with it, we’re coming for you.” Rashid is not a doctor, but the doctors named in the case are Joseph Betro, Spilios Pappas, Abdul Haq, Tariz Omar and Mohammad Zahoor. Federal officials indicted suspects a week ago and they’ve already been arraigned.
The scam involves a scheme where doctors will write massive quantities of prescriptions for opioids. These drugs never land in the hands of patients however, the doctors will make fraudulent claims to Medicaid and pocket the money. Additionally, the drugs often wind of on the streets as part of a huge back-alley drug operation.
Federal officers raided the Fisher Building Wednesday, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said their work accounted for 10 percent of the scam’s value.
‘Six doctors in Michigan prescribed patients with unnecessary opioids, some of which ended up for sale on the streets,’ Sessions said.
A physician group called Global Quality used to operate out of a Woodward Avenue office building.”
The ringleader of the massive Medicare scam profited with an astounding $164 million from the fraud. He had had no qualms about rubbing the American taxpayers’ noses in what he stole from them, frequently bragging about his large piles of cash on social media.
Images below were taken by US Attorneys Office of Rashid’s raid:
Other nauseating pictures show Rashid standing at the NBA finals with his court-side tickets, enjoying a life of opulence he enjoyed while screwing over the American people. Rashid’s name is included in court documents as Feds prepare their case for trial, where other doctors Joseph Betro, Spilios Pappas, Abdul Haq, Tariz Omar and Mohammad Zahoor were busted working directly with Rashid in recent years to make their millions.
More than 400 others across the country were charged late last week for taking part in the health care scam in connection with a raid last week at the Fisher Building in Detroit. Other Muslim defendants include:
Mashiyat Rashid, of Oakland County – controlled, owned or operated Global Quality, Aqua Therapy, Tri-County Physicians, Tri-State Physicians, New Center Medical, National Laboratories, and Tri-County Wellness:
Yasser Mozeb, of Oakland County – allegedly received payments from Global Quality and Tri-County Wellness;
Abdul Haq, of Washtenaw County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Aqua Therapy, Tri-County Physicians and Tri-State Physicians;
Joseph Betro, of Oakland County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Tri-County Physicians and New Center Medical;
Tariz Omar, of Oakland County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Tri-County Physicians.
Mohammed Zahoor, of Oakland County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Tri-County Physicians.
Trump’s Justice Department isn’t messing around, as the defendants are being brought up on a plethora of federal charges, including five counts of health care fraud and health care fraud conspiracy. Rashid has additionally been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and money laundering, receipt of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program, and payment of kickbacks in connection with federal health care program.