A Carrollton woman has been arrested in a home healthcare fraud scheme in which she allegedly used a doctor’s signature stamp to sign orders and certifications on patients she’d never seen.
Nehaj Rizvi, 29, is charged with healthcare fraud amounting to $2.5 million. Rizvi, of Life Spring Housecall Physicians Inc., sent doctors’ orders and certifications to more than 100 home health agencies using a physician’s signature stamp. The falsified docs led those agencies to bill for about $2.5 million in fraudulent Medicare claims.
Many of the patients weren’t even eligible for home healthcare, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas said in a news release on Thursday, and “were able to drive and carry out normal functions of everyday life.”
Life Spring is owned by Rizvi’s husband, Mohsin Raza.
The arrest of Rizvi is part of the federal crackdown on healthcare fraud that resulted in what the Department of Justice is calling its largest healthcare fraud enforcement action in history, involving 601 defendants across 58 federal districts.
Rizvi could face up to 10 years in prison based on the max penalty for her specific healthcare fraud offense. Special Agents with the Department of Health and Human Services are doing the heavy investigatory lifting.