“Most folks think it is pretty hard to get a doctor to make a house call these days. Apparently a Dearborn, Michigan, doctor is an exception to that rule. According to charges filed by the Justice Department against Dr. Hicham El-Horr, Dr. El-Horr was even willing to make house calls on people who were already dead.” (Wallace Law Firm commentary)
In the city of Dearborn yet another physician has admitted he concocted a Medicare billing scam – this one by sending people out in the neighborhoods to treat home-bound seniors, who were told their caregivers were doctors.
Doctor Hicham Abdul Karim El-Horr, age 57, was the owner and operator of a business called House Calls Physicians PLLC in the town of Allen Park. Investigators learned that El-Horr’s “fake doctor” company took in more than $11,000,000 in Medicare in-home treatment payouts. Hundreds of thefts took place over a 5-year span than started in March 2008.
El-Horr, whose specialty is family medicine, confessed to Health Fraud Conspiracy – a deliberate scheme which brought in nearly $100,000 a month, as the direct result of non-doctor house call bills falsely signed by El-Horr and other MDs.
This and other related Health Care Fraud cases were investigated by the Human Services Office of the Inspector General; the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, and the FBI. Since March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has opened operations in nine cities and has charged more than 2,000 defendants, who have collectively, illegally billed Medicare for at least $6,000,000.
Hicham El-Horr will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Dearborn in October.
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It is our opinion that El-Horr simply lived up to his name. For a time he was quite successful at prostituting an honorable profession.
Hicham El-Horr emigrated from Saudi Arabia. He is a 1999 graduate of Ibero-American University in Santa Domingo. After attaining his medical degree he was accepted with open arms by the U.S. healthcare system, which he already knew was appallingly easy to steal from. He therefore qualifies as a Third World Assassin. He is certainly not alone.
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