Georgia: Indian-American Businessman Arrested in Super Bowl Ticket Fraud

Ketan Shah was arrested recently at a casino in California after he skipped town with proceeds from a scam where he allegedly “sold” non-existent tickets to the Atlanta Super Bowl game.

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Shah was described in news accounts as being a member of the board of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce which quickly dumped him from the board.  See here.

Does it annoy you, it does me! to see that there are organizations like this one in America where they are working to promote their own ethnic group.

What happened to the idea of assimilation? Is America a hodgepodge of ethnic and racial groups each looking out for their own interests?  I never see the ‘melting pot’ pushers try to discourage this practice for ‘new Americans.’

From the Gwinnett Daily Post,

Gwinnett businessman accused in $1 million Super Bowl ticket scam arrested in California casino

The Gwinnett County man accused of scamming people out of nearly $1 million in Super Bowl tickets has been arrested in California.

Police began looking for Ketan Shah days before the Super Bowl, after several people, including his own mother, claimed the Lawrenceville man went missing after taking thousands of dollars.

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From Shah’s LinkedIn page:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ketanvip

At least six people had reported to Gwinnett Police that Shah had offered to sell them Super Bowl tickets. One of the victims also reported he paid $500,000 for his entertainment company to host a large Super Bowl event at “an arena.”

The setup, incident reports show, was the same for almost all of the victims: Shah, a well-connected businessman in Gwinnett who was a board member of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, would provide the victims with their requested number of tickets after they sent Shah their money.

But that never happened, said Cpl. Wilbert Rundles, a spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

It was discovered that Shah was reported as a missing person in December. He returned home and was removed from the system, police said. It was discovered that he had gone to Las Vegas, Nevada, on what was described as a mid-life crisis. He left again a couple days later and his family had not seen him since.

More here.

Heck, this is such a strange fraud scheme, I’m going to leave it uncategorized!

By the way, as I build an archive of stories here, use the categories found in the right hand sidebar at Frauds and Crooks for further reference.

Tags at the end of each post include states (if applicable) so eventually you will be able to see how your state is doing in the frauds, crooks and criminals department!

Tennessee: Doctor/Pastor Indicted in Massive Drug Sting at Pain Clinic

Although the 45-count indictment occurred in December, good for The Tennessean to now publish this substantial story about a Nigerian ‘new American’ alleged crook.

Editor:  I should subtitle posts like this:  ‘when new Americans kill us!’

Here is the news (hat tip: Tomarose),

Tennessee pain clinic handed out opioids at ‘cattle calls’, says undercover federal agent

It was October 2017 when the undercover federal agent slipped into the Clarksville pain clinic for the third time, hiding in plain sight among dozens of patients crowded into a small waiting room.

A receptionist called out 20 names, then the agent lined up with other patients.

They were each handed a prescription slip. Then they waited. A few hours later, the receptionist called their names again, collected their money and handed all of them drugs.

The undercover agent paid $377. He left with 84 Oxycodone tablets, an anti-inflammation drug and a muscle relaxant. Nobody bothered to examine him. He never saw a doctor.

This is how federal prosecutors say prescriptions were handled at the clinic of Samson Orusa, a Middle Tennessee doctor and pastor who allegedly wrote 66,353 prescriptions for addictive drugs, including opioids, from 2014 to 2017.

Orusa was indicted on charges of drug trafficking and healthcare fraud last year, and his attorney has vowed to fight the allegations in court.

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Orusa, 56, has for about 20 years run a medical practice in Clarksville [50 miles Northwest of Nashville] and been pastor at God’s Sanctuary Church International, which he runs with his wife, Abigail, who uses the church title of “prophetess.” Orusa attended medical school at the University of Benin in Nigeria and performed his residency at Columbia University in New York, according to a state licensing database.

Federal court records, recently obtained by The Tennessean, describe the investigation in more detail than ever before, revealing undercover agents visited Orusa’s clinic five times in 2017.

Investigators also logged when Orusa came and went each day and filmed the clinic parking lot for three months.

And what they saw was alarming, court document state. Patients at Orusa’s clinic were rarely examined by the doctor and often prescribed opioids in large groups through what authorities refer to as “cattle calls.”

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The newly obtained court documents also detail how Orusa allegedly profited from mass prescribing, collecting more than $1 million in cash during a six-month span in 2017. Prosecutors are currently trying to seize the contents of six personal bank accounts to which they say Orusa funneled more than $920,000 in illegal profits.

Most of that money came from drug sales, court documents state, but Orusa is also accused of defrauding the government by billing Medicare or Medicaid for examinations that he couldn’t possibly have done.

More here.

Some of the stories about Orusa allege that patients died of drug overdoses while under his ‘care.’

question markI can assure you that this type of practice is going on near you. Watch for it! If you have a friend or family member going to a pain clinic (especially one run by a foreign doctor), keep an eye on them and the clinic and don’t hesitate to turn in the doctor/clinic if you see something fishy.