|Charges||Health care fraud, forfeiture|
|Amount of Arrears||$10,000|
In May 2012, Tariq Usman was sentenced to 13 months in prison and 24 months of probation. He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
Usman was taken into custody on November 21, 2011, in Chicago. Usman contacted OIG's hotline in late summer 2011 after discovering that he was on the OIG Most Wanted Fugitives list. He told agents that he wanted to return to the United States from Pakistan and surrender.
Usman was indicted in May 2009 on charges of health care fraud and criminal forfeiture. He fled to Pakistan shortly after being implicated in the scheme.
From July 2003 through March 2007, Usman and several accomplices allegedly committed health care fraud in the Detroit area by paying Medicare beneficiaries to sign Medicare reimbursement forms and paying doctors and therapists to sign fictitious files for treatment and services that were not provided.
According to court documents, Usman and his accomplices then fraudulently filed reimbursement forms with Medicare, seeking payment for medical services and treatments that were not provided.
Investigators believe that Usman and his accomplices submitted approximately $4 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare. Usman and his accomplices also allegedly established several fictitious companies in an effort to conceal the money and assets gained from the scheme.
- Health Care Fraud