AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) — Bond was denied for the man accused of being the leader of an alleged Medicaid scam in the CSRA.
The judge said Daniel Abshari, 33, was a “flight risk, a threat to witnesses and a threat to the community” in his statement from the bench Friday morning.
Abshari is charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of firearm during the commission of a crime, misdemeanor marijuana, and felony fraud against Medicaid. More charges could be forthcoming.
Prosecutors also outlined information they had about Abshari and their case against him.
Prosecutors said Abshari has an ownership role in Base Medical Company, the group named as spearheading the alleged scam.
Investigators searched the company’s listed headquarters and found fake IDs, rapid pay employee documents, shipping labels, genetic testing ID cards, and a list of employees.
Officials used that employee list to to speak to 10 current or former employees who many of them said feared for their safety. One employee, prosecutors said, threatened to speak to police about the business, but he said he has people who would “take care of her.” Prosecutors are also alleging blackmail.