Sunday, October 2, 2022

It Takes a Village to Take Advantage

Two doctors, Dr. Mark E. Gibbs and Dr. Laila Hirjee, helped Novus Health Services, a hospice agency, to defraud Medicare in Dallas, Tex. Gibbs and Hirjee, who served as Medical Directors for Novus, partnered with a nurse and several high-ranking members and staff of...

It Never Occurred

Peripheral Vascular Associates, a full-service vascular surgery practice with multiple locations in San Antonio, Tex., was ordered to pay $8.1 million in damages for submitting more than 7,000 fraudulent Medicare claims, according to evidence provided to court by three whistleblowers. These witnesses alleged that...

All Pain and No Wellness

Anurag Dass a.k.a. Anna Dass, 49, of Houston, Tex., used her clinic, A&A Pain and Wellness Center Inc. to carry out an illegal kickback and money laundering scheme. Anna Dass’ brother, Anukul “Andy” Dass, 44, and Stephen Vincent Hunt,70, helped her to steal $9.1...

Choose Your Partners Wisely

When choosing a business partner, it’s important to find someone that can bring their skills and experience to the company. You’d also want someone that shares your values and vision and can offer resources and credibility. When an optometrist at Outreach Diagnostic Clinic in...

The Wild West Meets Boston Harbor

A Texas woman has admitted to her involvement in a scheme to fraudulently claim COVID-19-related unemployment assistance in Massachusetts. (It seems that everything is bigger in Texas, even the fraud.) Donna Wasson, 37, of San Antonio recently pleaded guilty to three counts of wire...

With the Check of a Box

Sometimes, the criminal justice system allows individuals or businesses to resolve allegations to avoid incrimination or incarceration. A 49-year-old physician from The Woodlands, Tex., was fortunate to settle allegations he submitted false claims for the placement of electro-acupuncture devices on his patients. (Oh, and...

A Faulty Operation

Dinesh Sah, 55, of Texas, has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for submitting 15 fraudulent applications to the forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. (Apparently, the judge was not in a forgiving mood when he lowered his gavel.) Sah submitted the...

One Count of Careless Physician

Physician Grigoriy Rodonaia, 45, of Port Neches, Tex., has been convicted of committing federal healthcare fraud after using patient identities to issue prescriptions without their knowledge. The fraudulent plan involved stealing the identities of military service members and their families to collect money from...

Taking Care of Business

A nurse practitioner from Waxahachie, Tex., was sentenced for his role in a healthcare fraud conspiracy. Trivikram Reddy, 39, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October 2020 after participating in a scheme that defrauded Medicare and private insurance providers out of...

Two Doctors, A Nurse, and a CEO

Two doctors and a nurse from Gainesville, Tex., have been convicted of healthcare fraud and could face up to 35 years in federal prison. Consequently, Dr. Mark E. Gibbs, Dr. Laila Hirjee, and nurse Tammie Little face decades behind bars in federal prison. A federal...
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