Medicare Suspects Caught
An indictment unsealed Thursday charges Houston defendants with participating in a $97 million Medicare fraud scheme.
The superseding indictment names two owners of a Houston mental healthcare company, Spectrum Care P.A., some of its employees and the owners of Houston group care homes, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Spectrum owners Mansour Sanjar, 79, Cyrus Sajadi, 64, and Chandra Nunn, 34, were originally charged in December 2011. The department said they were expected to make their initial appearances on the superseding indictment in a few days. The indictment was originally returned on July 24, but unsealed Thursday.
Adam Main, 31, Shokoufeh Hakimi, 65, Sharonda Holmes, 38, and Shawn Manney, 50, all from the Houston area, were arrested Thursday and are expected to make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Houston either Thursday or Friday.
The indictment alleged Sanjar and Sajadi orchestrated and executed a scheme to defraud Medicare beginning in 2006 and continuing until their arrest in December 2011.
Spectrum purportedly provided partial hospitalization program services.
A PHP is a form of intensive outpatient treatment for severe mental illness. The Medicare beneficiaries for whom Spectrum billed Medicare for PHP services did not qualify for or need PHP services, the department said.