Two residents of Brownstown, Michigan were sentenced to 10 and six years in prison for conducting a multi-million-dollar scheme to defraud Medicare for health services that were never rendered.
According to officials, between 2009 and 2017, Tasneem Tahir and Hafiz Tahir submitted fraudulent Medicare claims and paid illicit kickbacks for referrals of beneficiaries to home health agencies.
Hafiz Tahir was sentenced to 10 years in prison and must pay over $5.5 million. Tasneem Tahir was sentenced to six years in prison and must pay a judgment of over $2.5 million. The pair was also ordered to forfeit $226,000 in a Lebanese bank, cash in lieu of two vehicles, and two pieces of real property.
Both men pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud, and one count of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks.