MD’s Ruan and Couch: Doctor Drug-Pushing Duo Head Off to Prison

For their despicable wealth-building roles in an outrageous and lethal drug-dealing operation, two Alabama physicians have now been sent off to prison for at least the next 2 decades.

Dr Ruan & Ferrari

Dr Xiulu Ruan: a drug-dealer and one of his perks

Doctor John Patrick Couch received a 20-year federal prison term on May 25, and was ordered to repay the $15,000,000 to the insurance companies he robbed.

His buddy-in-crime, Doctor Xiulu Ruan, was sentenced to 21 years the next day, and he too will repay the millions he stole.

The doctor do-bad duo were found by investigators to have defrauded numerous insurance companies in a scheme they manipulated out of their pain management clinic in the city of Mobile. As an example, they wrote out more than 65,000 narcotic prescriptions in the year 2014 alone – more than 100 every day the clinic was open.

DR RUAN n COUCH

Dr John P Couch and Dr Xiulu Ruan: Just your friendly drug dealers down the street

The daft doctors’ downfall actually began in 2015, when U.S. DEA agents raided the clinic called Physicians Pain Specialists of Alabama.

At trial prosecutors were able to prove the pill-pushing physicians were raking in thousands of dollar each day by using their clinic – as well as the C&R Pharmacy they owned – to prescribe thousands of doses of narcotics to patients with no need, and then fraudulently bill insurance payers.

The DEA and prosecutors discovered that Couch and Ruan had raked in millions by overprescribing potent narcotic pain medications; had ignored signs that clinic nurses were stealing drugs and working while impaired; had systematically handled patients in a way designed to maximize payouts from insurance companies; and had collected speaking fees and other payments that essentially were kickbacks. The array of charges included money laundering, mail and wire fraud and even a violation of the RICO organized crime statute.

The trial, which lasted nearly 2 months, involved more than 75 witnesses testifying.

Following their convictions, both doctors were ordered to forfeit their homes, vacation condos, and bank accounts. They lost the 23 exotic cars they had accumulated, including multiple Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys. All will be sold at U.S. government asset auctions.

Each MD was also fined $5,000,000.

Here’s the case: 

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2504504/15-88-redacted.pdf

 

Another Day; Another Immigrant Physician Criminal Sent to Prison. But Who Cares?

Doctor “Khan” is actually “Doctor Con”

In Detroit Michigan still another immigrant physician has been found guilty in the never-ending string of monstrous health fraud scams. And Detroit seems to routinely churn out as many MD-crooks as any other city in the U.S.

HANDCUFFS n STETH

Doctor Sardar Ashrafkhan, age 59 and a resident of Ypsilanti, owned and operated a sham home-health company irrationally called Compassionate Doctors, which for years had convinced insurance companies they were providing physician-level, home-bound patient care all across metro Detroit.

No they weren’t.

According to FBI Special Agent David Gelios, Ashrafkhan, who immigrated to America from Pakistan in 1991, built a stunning criminal enterprise that brought in more than $8,000,000 between 2006-2013.

Agent Gelios said recruiters would pay “patients” to see criminal doctors who conducted fraudulent – or non-existent – exams and then billed Medicare and private insurers. The doctors would write prescriptions to the patients, who would then get the drugs from criminal pharmacists. They were then paid cash for their participation and the drugs were given back to  the Compassionate Doctors scamsters, who sold them illegally.

“It was a scheme that involved recruiters delivering so-called patients to get bogus prescriptions for narcotics. Medicare was then billed for medical exams that were not conducted. Marketers filled the prescriptions at corrupt pharmacies and sold the drugs on the street.” (The U.S. Attorney’ Office)

Investigators estimated Ashrafkhan himself, prescribed more than 1,000,000 doses of highly addictive opiate painkillers, and 3,000,000 doses of other drugs.

Now, this drug dealer in a lab coat has been sentenced to 23 years in federal prison. He is but one of countless hundreds of foreign doctors who come to the U.S. and fleece the medical insurance system. Ashrafkhan’s case resulted in the arrest of 44 other scamsters participating in the fraud, among whom 6 are doctors and 5 are corrupt pharmacists.

Here’s another look at this particular medical miscreant:

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edmi/pr/former-doctor-sentenced-23-years-prison-distributing-prescription-drugs-health-care

 

 

 

Mid-Eastern MD Who Poisoned American Patients Will Spend 40 Years in a Cage

Here’s an idea: Come to America. Ignore the vapid, toothless physician ‘oversight’. Rip off insurance payers by faking medical conditions. Injure and kill the appallingly gullible citizens who walk through the door. Retire a multi-millionaire back in your own country.

Lebanese emigrant Doctor Farid Fata will spend at least the next four decades in federal prison. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider his appeal.

Fata’s attorneys had appealed to the Supreme Court after the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against him 2 years ago, saying this:

Dr Farid Fata and wife

This pair of immigrant criminals were preparing to buy a CASTLE, with the millions they amassed by damaging the health of U.S. citizens.

“This doctor made false diagnoses and administered deadly, medically unnecessary, treatments for hundreds of patients. These patients relied on his presumed integrity and they accepted his presumed professional judgments — all to their detriment and to Fata’s financial gain.”

Then the highest court in America announced yesterday in a brief statement that they too have turned down Fata’s appeal, and will therefore not hear the case.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office identified  a shocking 550 victims, but suspect there have been many more. This particular medical monster treated at least 17,000 patients via his criminal enterprise – 7 Michigan Hematology Oncology Centers from at least 2009-2014.

Dr Fata Mansion

Fata’s jaw-dropping insurance theft financed this Michigan mansion

The Supreme Court’s announcement comes 3 years after the Detroit-area physician confessed to poisoning literally hundreds of patients deliberately, inflicting unnecessary treatments and administering dangerous chemotherapy regimens. Some patients lost their teeth because of the unconscionable madman. No matter. By doing so he amassed $17,000,000 by illegally billing insurance providers.

Dr Fata Patients

Here are just a few of this healthcare embarrassment’s poor victims – most of whom were falsely told they had cancer and needed chemotherapy “immediately”

The scamming, extremely dangerous doctor is a naturalized citizen whose native country is Lebanon. He was charged with operating a scam clinic empire that billed Medicare for thousands of totally unnecessary cancer treatments. After his arrest in 2013, government agents seized his mansion and numerous bank accounts. They established a $12,000,000 fund to assist the victims continued care and living expenses. 

Federal agents actually recovered $13,000,000 of stolen money  but $1,000,000 was paid to the whistle-blower in the case.

Another California Drug-dealing MD Heads Off to Prison. Anybody Listening? Hello?

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Prosecutors told the court that the doctor was well aware that at least some of her so-called “patients” were reselling the pills on the streets for profit, and she knew that some of them were being routinely arrested by law enforcement. She just didn’t care.
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Observation:
Jasna Mrdjen is an immigrant from Croatia. She attended the University of Zagreb Faculty of Medicine. She is a pluperfect example of what we call a Third World Assassin.

Another Immigrant Physician Finally Locked Away For Drug-Dealing. Who’s Counting?

“More people die in America every year from prescription drug overdoses than overdoses of all other drugs combined. Prescription drug addiction has led to resurgence in heroin use. Doctors who divert prescription drugs to the street market are contributing to this epidemic, and we are focusing our enforcement efforts to stop them.” (U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch)

PILL HEAD

This is exactly how many MDs view the American public

In Farmington Hills Michigan a physician was handcuffed this week and carted off to federal prison to serve a 19-year sentence. This, for his role in a massive drug distribution conspiracy, according to U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch.

Doctor Adelfo Pamatmat, age 71, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland for distributing prescription pills and committing  healthcare fraud – both felonies. Two co-conspirators were also convicted in the federal jury trial that lasted nearly two months.

U.S. government investigators discovered that Pamatmat and his partners in crime were running an illicit drug operation, using a fraudulent medical business licensed under the name Compassionate Doctors. The business functioned under the guise of a physicians’ home-health visitation company. But it was in fact a scam that involved fake patients   being routinely gathered up in vans and taken to private homes, where they were issued  prescriptions for narcotics.

Compassionate Doctors would then bill Medicare daily, for medical exams and treatments that were rarely conducted properly, and usually not conducted at all. The so-called patients would get their illegal prescriptions handled at select pharmacies around town – each of them also a player in the drug-dealing – and then sell the pills on the street for cash. Easy money for all, eh?

Police learned that the physician worked with Compassionate Doctors and other drug dealers until he was arrested in 2013. And then, even after his arrest, he continued to illegally prescribe narcotics until he was caught again in 2015.

At trial the prosecution was able to prove that Pamatmat had prescribed 3,000,000 doses of narcotics to non-patients, including at least 1,000,000 doses of hydrocodone. The wayward physician was able to steal at least $4,000,000 from insurance payers.

Pamatmat was one of 44 people arrested in a multi-count indictment unsealed in March 2013. Five other doctors and five pharmacists have been convicted thus far.

Pamatmat is an immigrant of the Philippines. He attended the Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation

Here’s more:

http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ypsilanti-physician-among-six-michigan-doctors-accused-of-writing-scores-of-illegal-prescriptions-in/

Florida Eye Doc Finally Gets Caught After Stealing $100,000,000 from Medicare

“One 86-year-old woman had been receiving laser treatments on her eyes every three months for 10 years, even though she had excellent vision and no sign of disease.” (The prosecution)

In the state of Florida an eye specialist who is now known to have stolen more money from Medicare than any other doctor in the U.S. over a 5-year period that began in 2008, was convicted on April 28. 

Doctor Salomon Melgen was found guilty in  West Palm Beach federal court on all 67 felony charges, including Healthcare Fraud, Falsification of Medical Records and Submission of Illegal Insurance Claims.

Dr Salomon Melgen

When you pocket $100,000,000 dollars from patients’ insurance companies . . .  You can move in some serious political circles

During the trial the federal prosecutors were able to prove that Melgen, a 62-year-old ophthalmologist, illegally raked in more than $100,000,000 from the federal insurance provider for patients generally of retirement age.

Investigators revealed that Melgen was paid $21,000,000 from Medicare in the year 2012 alone, in an appalling scam that took place between 2008-2013. Prosecutors said during that time Melgen stole a total of $105 million by performing medically unnecessary tests and treatments on naïve elderly and disabled patients.

Melgen’s lawyer argued that the doctor simply made “billing mistakes” that were unintentional.

Yes, some legal idiot really did say that.

Melgen can now spend the summer looking forward to yet another trial in New Jersey in September, when he faces corruption charges, along with Democratic Senator Robert Menendez in an upcoming bribery trial.  Government prosecutors say Menendez tried to use political power to thwart an investigation into millions of dollars of false claims by Melgen’s clinic, after the physician plied him with expensive vacations and gifts. Menendez is accused of accepting gifts from the doctor in return.

Melgen is an immigrant doctor from the Dominican Republic. Go figure. He could get a 20-year federal prison term when he is sentenced this summer.

Now time for a break: we feel the curious need to take a shower.