United states prosecutors have charged Florida surgeon, Dr Moses deGraft-Johnson to the tune of $26million in healthcare fraud for allegedly defrauded government and insurers with fake surgeries so as to fund his political ambition in his native Ghana.
Authorities said the doctor’s practice in Tallahassee, Florida, also filed claims for angioplasties that were never performed in court documents.
Moses deGraft-Johnson used his access to the hospital’s daily census to poach patients for his scheme to defraud, instructing his staff to cold call patients from the hospital so that he could use their presence to fraudulently bill health care programs,
Department of Health and Human Services asked the judge to keep the doctor in custody as his long term goal was to be the president of Ghana suggesting he was a flight risk.
US Magistrate Judge Charles A Stampelos agreed and ordered deGraft-Johnson held until trial, set for March 23.
Federal Department of Health and Human Services investigations, deGraft-Johnson claimed to have performed over a five-year period more than 3,600 atherectomies and angioplasties, surgeries that were never performed.
The jury month of February unsealed a 58-count indictment alleging that Dr Moses falsely billed insurers, including Medicare and Medicaid, for work he did not perform.
Investigators said they looked into the doctor’s bank accounts and discovered at least $1.8million in international wire transfers to entities and associates in Ghana, a country of 29 million people situated along the western coast of Africa.
Authorities said one of the doctor’s relatives served as the country’s vice president in the 1980s.
‘He’s a wonderful doctor, and I will defend him vigorously,’ said William Bubsey, the attorney who represented deGraft-Johnson during Friday’s detention hearings, even though he isn’t sure he will represent Johnson when the main trial starts.
Bubsey also said the allegations against Johnson were false as the money he sent home was used to help poor people in Ghana and not for any political ambition.