In the cloistered world of health care, there exists a curious term that pops up quietly among those who treat patients for a living. The phrase is ‘third-world assassins’ – dubbed TWA for short. TWA refers to foreign doctors who come here; are issued medical licenses in pretty nearly every state; then proceed to ply their trade, treating hundreds of thousands of citizens daily, with seriously unprofessional skill levels, motives, or functional moral compass.
Why do American health care professionals refer to these people as TWAs? Well, because as the name implies, they kill people with surprising regularity, due to either incompetence or indifference. More often, they injure patients daily, by totally unnecessary procedures, and the rob insurance carriers blind, as they dip into the well of the U.S. healthcare money trough.
And, we regret to tell you that the sheer numbers of Third World Assassins welcomed into naive American communities are jaw-dropping. Land of opportunity? You be the judge. Here’s one:
Doctor Jonathan Agbebiyi, age 62, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, has now been convicted of six counts of health care fraud, and one count of conspiracy. Agbebiyi, you see, was a staff physician at three different clinics that operated in Livonia, Michigan between 2007 – 2010: Blessed Medical Clinic; Alpha Omega Medical Clinic; and Manuel Medical Clinic.
According to U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade, “This particular doctor exposed patients to totally unnecessary nerve testing for no other purpose than to generate money for himself. In these cases he billed the Medicare program for millions of dollars. We are grateful for the hard work of investigators, who uncovered this betrayal of medical ethics and theft of taxpayer funds.”
Evidence at trial revealed that thousands of patients were recruited by being lured by illegal drugs, cash payments, and fast food. All three clinics then billed the Medicare program for thousands of diagnostic tests that were medically unnecessary.
Jonathan Agbebiyi, an obstetrician/gynecologist, was found to be a key part of a conspiracy to bill Medicare for medically unnecessary neurological tests, some of which involved sending electrical currents through the arms and legs of the patients.
We thank the Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations teams, who conducted the investigation into this case, as well as thousands of other health care related fraud cases nationwide.
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