Oak Park home health care employee pleads guilty to Medicare fraud

A Detroit-area man pleaded guilty on Nov. 15, 2010, in U.S. District Court in connection with a $4.65 million home health care fraud scheme and faces up to 10 years in prison.

Hassan Akhtar, 26, entered his plea to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and faces a maximum $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on Jan. 27, 2011.

Akhtar admitted to federal investigators he and co-conspirators at Oak Park-based All American Home Care Inc. billed Medicare for home health care visits that were medically unnecessary or never provided, according to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.

Akhtar worked as All American's office administrator and ran the company's day-to-day operations.

Akhtar also admitted to a scheme that paid cash kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for their Medicare ID numbers and signatures on documents that falsely indicated they received services from All American.

The scheme took place between June 2008 and October 2009. It also relied on physical therapists and physical therapy assistants who signed documents required to bill Medicare.

A second individual, Muhammad Shahab, pleaded guilty to the same charge and is awaiting sentencing.

Members who suspect health care fraud are urged to call our Anti-Fraud Hotline at 1-800-482-3787, or report fraud through our website.