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Physician in $19-m healthcare fraud

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YPSILANTI, MI — The US Department of Justice has announced that Dr. Abdul Haq of Ypsilanti, Michigan, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.

Haq, 72, a physician, admitted his involvement in a roughly $19 million Medicare fraud scheme involving three Detroit-area providers.

Haq admitted that he conspired with the owner of the Tri-County Network, Mashiyat Rashid, and his co-defendants and others to prescribe medically unnecessary controlled substances to Medicare beneficiaries.

He further admitted that Rashid and others also directed physicians, including Haq and others, to require Medicare beneficiaries to undergo medically unnecessary facet joint injections if the beneficiary wished to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances, the news release said.

Haq was charged along with Rashid, Yasser Mozeb, Spilios Pappas, Joseph Betro, Tariq Omar and Mohammed Zahoor in an indictment unsealed on July 6.

Rashid, Mozeb, Pappas, Betro, Omar and Zahoor are awaiting trial. Haq’s sentencing is scheduled for May 29 next year.