Editor:I have a huge backlog of stories to post here at Frauds and Crooks and hope to do a news round-up post to catch up in the coming days. A reader recently suggested that I should consider just sending out straight news without my editorial comment. I think I’ll try to do a little bit of both going forward and the news round-up will help with that by giving you more information with less words!
However, this story from Massachusetts caught my eye for a couple of reasons and is worth posting in greater detail.
It might not have been worth posting at all if it weren’t for the revelation that the convicted home health care provider was able to send $1.5 million of ill-gotten gains out of the country just before her arrest.
And, the story is important because home health care ‘businesses’ are rife with fraud and keep turning up in my searches for medicare and medicaid scam stories.
As I have said on many previous occasions, I hope the Trump Administration is gathering their successful fraud-busting cases together to use as examples of what the Trump team is doing for us—finding and punishing those ripping off the US taxpayer!
At every rally he should be giving an update on how much fraud he is uncovering and busting!
The Medicaid fraud, Medicare fraud, Food stamp fraud have been doing great damage to the US Treasury and often there is a ‘new American’ component that makes it even more egregious.
We welcome immigrants and then they rip us off!
Normally we are never told if a convicted criminal is a new American, but this story has a mention at the end.
“…we will hold accountable providers who submit false claims to Medicare and receive payments to which they are not entitled.”
(Special Agent in Charge Phillip Coyne of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Dr. Bassam Awwa, educated in Syria and affiliated with Yale University has settled a claim by the government that he billed Medicare and Medicaid multiple times for the same test at his Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates, a clinic for substance abusers.
The news is here at the US Attorney’s Office Connecticut District.
I was looking to see if a whistleblower was going to get a reward for turning in the ‘new American’ doc under the False Claims Act, but don’t see that mentioned.
And, the same newspaper that reported the news from Davenport, Florida had praised him to the heavens just a couple years before in a glowing article about how much the first generation Pakistani doctor was giving back to the community.
Editor: I haven’t written a Medicare fraud story for two weeks, not since this storyabout the Colorado fugitive Pharmacist! But, I’m glad to focus on one this morning. Maybe I like these stories because I’m a senior and see around me friends and acquaintances getting all sorts of tests and procedures that strike me as unnecessary and possibly harmful.
I’m also writing it because I like the fact that a 75-year-old patient tipped-off the feds and will be getting a big reward for turning him in!
So here is the story titled,
Davenport doctor settles health care fraud lawsuit for $2.2M