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Detroit-Area Doctor Convicted in Medicare Fraud Scheme
Date:3/11/2010

WASHINGTON, March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farmington Hills, Mich., physician Jose Castro-Ramirez was convicted today by a Detroit federal jury on all 13 charged counts in connection with his role in an $18.3 million Medicare fraud scheme, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara L. McQuade; Special Agent in Charge Andrew G. Arena of the FBI's Detroit Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General's (HHS-OIG), Chicago Regional Office.

After a three-week trial, the jury convicted Castro-Ramirez of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 11 substantive counts of health care fraud, and one count of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of the fraudulent scheme.

Evidence at trial established that beginning in late 2003, the defendant, a physician licensed in the state of Michigan, entered into an agreement with co-conspirator Suresh Chand to defraud the Medicare program. Chand owned and controlled several companies operating in Warren, Mich., including Continental Rehab Services Inc. (CRS) and Pacific Management Services Inc.
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