Four people were arrested Thursday on charges they participated in a multimillion-dollar scam to defraud Amtrak by bribing employees of the rail agency to submit bogus claims to the Amtrak health insurance plan, authorities said.
Muhammad Mirza, 50, of Cedar Grove, Devon Burt, 49, of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and Hallum Gelzer, 43, of East Orange, were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Philip R. Sellinger. Court papers identified Mirza as a doctor with offices in New Jersey and New York and list Burt as an Amtrak employee.
An acupuncturist, Punson Figueroa, 55, of Long Island City, New York, was charged with 15 counts of health care fraud in the scheme, according to court documents.
The four allegedly recruited Amtrak employees from New Jersey and New York to allow Mirza, Figueroa, and others to use their medical and insurance information to submit false claims.