Lansing doctor convicted of fraud

Dr. Shannon Wiggins was overprescribing narcotics and people were starting to notice. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Lansing Police Department received several complaints. And in order to find out the truth, they needed to conduct several undercover visits.

During their investigation, they found that Dr. Wiggins and her husband, Mohamad Abduljaber, were guilty of several different illegal activities. The couple was indicted on 17 counts of health care fraud, controlled substances violations and other various charges.

On Aug. 21, 2014, Dr. Wiggins was sentenced to 24 months in prison and three years of supervised parole upon her release. She was ordered to pay restitution of $15,781 to the IRS and $270,000 to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. Restitution of $350,000 was paid to Blue Cross in a previous related case.

On Oct. 3, 2014, Mohamad Abduljaber was sentenced to 42 months in prison and three years of probation after release. He was ordered to pay $15,781 restitution to the IRS, $270,000 restitution for Medicare and Medicaid and a forfeiture of $550,000 jointly with Dr. Wiggins.

A physical therapist who performed fraudulent needle EMG tests inside Dr. Wiggins’ office also was convicted. Dr. Wiggins received kickbacks for the false needle EMG services.

Blues 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 at bcbsm.com.