Owner of Connecticut Labs Accused of Bilking $1M From Medicaid

Tahir Saeed Sherani, the former owner of medical laboratories in East Hartford and West Hartford, Conn., has been accused of bilking the federal Medicaid program more than $1 million, according to a news release by the State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice.

Mr. Sherani allegedly used false pretenses to acquire medical provider identification numbers from physicians who treat Medicaid patients, which he then used to submit false claims to the federal program. More than 3,800 false claims were filed to Medicaid for services that were never provided, for which Mr. Sherani was reimbursed approximately $1.33 million, according to the news release.

Mr. Sherani owned Immediate American Diagnostic Laboratories and Immediate Medical Care in East Hartford and West Hartford, Conn., respectively. The laboratories were shut down by federal and state authorities in 2003 for reasons that were not disclosed in the news release. He then moved to California where he was again convicted of defrauding the state's Medicaid program.

Mr. Sherani was arrested by authorities in Mississippi, where is currently serving an 18-year sentence for his fraud activity in California. He was returned to Connecticut after his arrest.

Read the news release about Mr. Tahir Sherani's alleged fraud.

Read other coverage about Medicaid fraud.

- Vermont Oral Surgeon Accused of 23 Counts of Medicaid Fraud Pleads Not Guilty

- New Jersey Pharmacist Gets 3 Years on Prison for Filing False Claims, Defrauding Medicaid Program

- Women's Clinic in Utah Being Investigated for Medicaid Fraud

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