5 people charged with $11 million Medicare fraud scheme

(CBS DETROIT) – Five people from Michigan and Arizona are being charged in connection with a fraud scheme to embezzle more than $11 million from Medicare, the US law firm announced.

Officials say a second indictment has charged 54-year-old Mohamed Kazkaz of Farmington Hills; Ziad Khalel, 52, of Rochester Hills; Dr. Mustafa Hazen, 76, of West Bloomfield; Geraldine Letman, 70, of Phoenix, Arizona; and Gamela Ali, 33, of Dearborn.

Kazkaz is also charged with six counts of money laundering in excess of $10,000, including transferring $1.4 million to a national restaurant chain. Khalel and Kazkaz were charged on January 11. On Thursday, the second replacement indictment added Letman, Hares and Ali as new defendants.

“My office is committed to prosecuting any individual, especially medical professionals, who operate Medicare, a taxpayer-funded program that provides essential services to seniors and the disabled,” U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison said in a press release.

Source: 5 people charged with $11 million Medicare fraud scheme / The Bharat News

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