Michigan man pleads to role in health care fraud

DETROIT (AP) -- The Justice Department says a Detroit-area physical therapist assistant has pleaded guilty for his role in a $22 million home health care fraud scheme.

Syed Shah made the plea Wednesday in Detroit federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Prosecutors say the 51-year-old from West Bloomfield Township acknowledged conspiring to bill Medicare for home health care services that weren't rendered and/or not medically necessary between 2008 and 2012.

Shah also was the owner of a home health agency and a patient recruiter.

At sentencing on Nov. 19, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Published: Fri, Jul 26, 2013