Tyler, TX (FOX51) — A Dallas County, Texas, physician has been arrested and charged with health care fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Tariq Mahmood, 61, of Cedar Hill, Texas, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 11, 2013, and charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and seven counts of health care fraud. Mahmood went before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love today for an initial appearance.
According to the indictment, Mahmood, a general practitioner, owned and operated several hospitals in the state of Texas, including Cozby Germany Hospital in Grand Saline, Renaissance Terrell Hospital in Terrell, Central Texas Hospital in Cameron, Community General Hospital in Dilley, and Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center.
From April 2010 to April 2013, Mahmood and others are alleged to have carried out a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through the submission of false and fraudulent claims. Mahmood and others added, changed, deleted and incorrectly sequenced diagnostic codes in a way that did not reflect the actual diagnoses and conditions of the patients.
They submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid based on the added, changed, deleted, and incorrectly sequenced diagnostic codes. By means of fraudulent billing practices, the defendant and his co-conspirators are alleged to have unlawfully submitted false claims of more than $1.1 million and obtained more than $375,000.
If convicted, Mahmood faces up to 10 years in federal prison for each charge.
Any individuals with knowledge of these or other health care fraud violations are encouraged to contact the Department of Health and Human Services’ fraud hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (447-8477)