(DETROIT, MI) – The co-owner of a Detroit home health care company was sentenced to 96 months in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme that caused approximately $33 million in losses.
Badar Ahmadani, 49, of Ypsilanti, was sentenced by US District Judge Judith E Levy, of the Eastern District of Michigan, who also ordered him to pay $38,150,113.64 in restitution. On July 27, 2015, Ahmadani was convicted at trial of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks.
According to evidence presented at trial, Ahmadani participated in a scheme in which from 2006 through 2011, he and his co-conspirators obtained patients by paying cash kickbacks to recruiters, who in turn paid cash to patients to induce them to sign up for home health care with companies owned by co-defendant Zafar Mehmood, including Access Care Home Care Inc, Patient Care Home Care Inc, Hands On Healing Home Care Inc (which Ahmadani co-owned), and All State Home Care Inc.
The evidence also showed that Mehmood and Ahmadani paid kickbacks to physicians to refer patients to the companies for home health care services that were medically unnecessary as well as not provided.
On October 28, Mehmood was sentenced to serve 360 months in prison and to pay $40,488,106.98 in restitution. Mehmood was convicted at trial with Ahmadani of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, four counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, two counts of money laundering, and two counts of obstruction of justice.