Federal prosecutors in Silicon Valley
have filed fraud charges against 30 defendants in a patients-for-cash kickback scheme. Indian-American CEO Ridhima "Amanda" Singh of Amity Home Health and Indian-American Bhupinder Bhandari are among the key defendants charged in the case. Pakistani-American
Dr. Mariam Hasan, a graduate of Karachi's Dow Medical College, has also been charged. In addition to South Asians
, the accused come from many different national origins, according to media reports
Ridhima Singh, daughter of Dr. Rajiv Ahuja of Fremont, funneled $8 million in bribes — in Warriors tickets, Louis Vuitton bags, and “literal envelopes of cash” — to doctors, nurses, social workers and marketers in the South and East Bay who sent patients to the company, said David Anderson, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. Those new patients brought $115 million in Medicare funds for Amity and a related corporation, Advent Care.
Here's the full list of individuals and companies changed in the scheme:
Defendant Role Age/Residence Case Number
AMITY HEALTH CARE
Home Health Care Provider
ADVENT CARE, INC.
Hospice Care Provider
CEO of Amity
41, San Jose
39, San Jose
68, Union City
44, San Jose
47, Castro Valley
38, Los Gatos
37, Los Gatos
DEL ROSARIO, SAL
44, San Jose
GAY, ANDRE NICOLAS
39, Union City
38, San Leandro
37, Union City
38, Redwood City
53, San Ramon
Ridhima Singh pushed associates to get her more patient referrals. “It’s been so many years and i know you are aware of what the expectations are,” she texted one associate in November 2018, according to the prosecutors. “I’m not here to fight I’m pretty clear cut and u know that. I’m drama free but things can get to my nerve when I don’t see the mutual understanding.”
The suspects face a maximum of 10 years in prison and $500,000 if they are found guilty.
Judge Joseph C Spero released the defendants on bail. He urged them not to violate the terms of their bonds. He also said that the case may not reach a conclusion for years.
He told Ridhima Singh: “A complicated case like this could take years and you don’t want to be sitting in a jail cell.”
Back in 2014, Pakistani-American cardiologist Dr. Asad Qamar
, the second highest Medicare biller in America at the time, was investigated by US Department of Health and Human Services for unnecessary surgeries and over-billing. He settled with the Department by agreeing to pay $2 million and release any claim to $5.3 million in suspended Medicare funds.
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