Man gets 50 months for $10.8M Medicare fraud

DETROIT (AP) -- The U.S. Justice Department says a judge has sentenced a Detroit-area home health care business operator to 4 years, 2 months in prison for his role in a $10.8 million Medicare fraud scheme.

The department says that 53-year-old Muhammad Shahab was the leader of the fraud scheme that operated in 2007-2009 and says that U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood sentenced him last Thursday.

It says Shahab pleaded guilty in February 2010 to one count of health care fraud.

The government says he helped finance and establish two Detroit-area home health agencies and conspired to bill Medicare for home health visits that never occurred. It says he also secured physician referrals for medically unnecessary home health services through the payment of kickbacks.

Published: Mon, Sep 16, 2013