Indian-American judge sends Pak man to 12 yrs in jail
SAN FRANCISCO: Indian-American judge Manish Shah has sentenced Muhammad Ateeq, 33, of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay approximately $48 million in restitution. In addition, judge Shah in the Northern District of Illinois in the US ordered the forfeiture of a $2.4 million cashier’s check and over $1 million in cash, the Department of Justice (DoJ) said in a statement.
According to court documents, Ateeq worked in the Islamabad office of Home Health Care Consulting, an entity that controlled Medicare billing and maintenance of electronic medical records for over 20 home health agencies located in Illinois, Indiana, Nevada and Texas.
While working at Home Health Care Consulting, Ateeq used a variety of fake identities, including “Nilesh Patel”, “Sanjay Kapoor” and “Rajesh Desai” to acquire and manage home health agencies in the US.
Once the agencies were under Ateeq’s control, he “caused the agencies to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare for home health services, resulting in over $40 million in payments for services that were never rendered”, the DoJ said.