Six Indians in major health-care fraud
In one of the biggest crackdowns on health-care
fraud, at least six people of Indian-origin are
among over 100 doctors, nurses and health-care
professionals arrested on charges of alleged
involvement in a massive Medicare fraud estimated at $225 million.
The 111 people charged across nine cities are
accused of various health-care fraud-related
crimes, including conspiracy to defraud Medicare,
criminal false claims, money laundering and
aggravated identify theft.
Medicare is a government insurance program
that covers Americans who are 65 and older.
About 45 million elderly and disabled Americans
are enrolled in taxpayer-funded Medicare plans.
Collectively, the doctors, nurses, and health-care
company owners falsely billed Medicare for more
than $225 million. “With this takedown, we have
identified and shut down large-scale fraud
schemes operating throughout the country,” said
attorney general Eric Holder, who announced the
charges with Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “This is the largest
federal health-care fraud takedown in our nation’s history,”
More than 700 agents from the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the Department of Health and Human
Services arrested defendants in Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas,
Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Miami and
The agents also executed 16 search warrants across the
country in connection with the ongoing investigation.
According to court documents, defendants participated in
schemes to submit claims to Medicare for treatments that
were medically unnecessary and often never provided.
Doctors, nurses, and health-care company owners, including six Indian Americans, falsely
billed Medicare for more than $225 million
Press Trust of India
San Francisco, Chicago
consulates to outsource services
Kiran Jain in Kamala
Harris’s transition team
Beginning March 8, the Indian consulate in San Francisco and beginning March 22, the consulate
in Chicago will outsource the handling of Overseas Citizen of India
and Person of Indian Origin cards
and Surrender Certificate applications to Travisa Outsourcing.
The San Francisco consulate
stopped accepting applications for
these services since February 11.
Applications received after
February 11 in the consulate will be
returned unprocessed at the cost of
The Chicago consulate will not
accept applications for these services staring March 1. People should
not send any OCI applications by
mail or otherwise during this period.
Those living under the jurisdiction
of the Chicago consulate — Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota,
South Dakota, and Wisconsin —
should submit the applications
directly to Travisa starting March
You can contact Travisa Outsourcing
17 North State Street, Suite no. 950,
Chicago IL 60602
Newly elected California Attorney General Kamala
Harris has appointed Kiran Jain, deputy city attorney,
Oakland, San Francisco Bay Area, on her transition team.
The team of experts will look at issues that impact the
attorney general’s office and Californians.
“Kiran Jain will be focusing on civil rights issues, immigration, hate crimes and disability rights,” said Kate
Gibbs, spokeswoman for Kamala Harris.
Jain said, “I feel fortunate to be a part of this talented
group of thought leaders that the attorney general has
identified to develop innovative policy recommenda-
She said as a member of the Attorney General Civil
Rights ‘Smart on Crime’ work group, “I assist a team of
civil rights leaders and practitioners in identifying policy
issues that are important to Californians and developing
a lens for the attorney general’s office to look through
when considering these policy issues.”
She will deal with policy issues that affect many com-
munities, including the South Asian American communi-
“For the past few weeks, our work group has been outlining policy issues facing California and creating a
process to vet ideas and policy recommendations,” she