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Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 12:30 p.m.

Pittsfield Township man charged in federal health-care fraud investigation

By Staff

Federal agents executed search warrants early today in two suites inside the New Center One building near Detroit's Midtown area as part of a $31 million health-care fraud investigation that has ties to a Pittsfield Township man, The Detroit News reports.

One of the suites raided belongs to a company called Hands-On Healing Home Care Inc., which is owned by 45-year-old Zafar Mehmood of Pittsfield Township.

Mehmood was charged in a federal complaint filed today with health-care fraud after agents say he billed Medicare for services that were medically unnecessary and never performed.



Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 3:34 p.m.

This is the second major scandal reported by of fraudulent activity involving billing Medicare in recent times. Kindly also explain as to why it is so easy to bill Medicare and get reimbursed for services never performed or not necessary. What is the role of Medicare employees? Are they involved in this type of activity? How could this crime reach to this extent?


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 3:48 a.m.

Blue Cross sends out a statement to the patient of any services paid for. Maybe Medicare should do the same

Alan Goldsmith

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 11:02 a.m.

Thanks to the Detroit News and Channel 7 for their investigative reporting on this Washtenaw County story.


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 11:56 p.m.

Three additional addresses were also involved according to WXYZ, including two in Ypsi on S. Hewitt, and one in Pittsfield. All are associated with Mehmood, who is listed as owner, President, or registered agent in the state, for a number of local businesses/organizations (including the mosque on Michigan Ave.).


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 9:54 p.m.

From the Detroit News article: "The money laundering allegedly involved Mehmood taking cash on trips to Pakistan, according to an affidavit signed by Special Agent Steven Warren of the Inspector General's office." Apparently he took the money he made bilking Medicare in cash to Pakistan. I hope they have been able to seize some of his ill-gained cash, but we don't know because most of the info re. evidence is sealed. Anyway - good work, FBI!


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 9:20 p.m.

Reading the story certainly doesn't make me feel a bit sorry for the Pittfield Twp. man. You play this game and will pay!