TROY PHYSICIAN AND HER HUSBAND
INDICTED FOR HEALTH CARE FRAUD
An indictment charging Troy physician Surya Nallani, 43, and her husband, Srinivas Nallani, 46, with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and money laundering was unsealed today in federal court, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by Andrew G. Arena, FBI Special Agent in Charge, and Lamont Pugh, Special Agent in Charge, of the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG).
The indictment charges that beginning in 2005 and continuing until February 2011, Surya Nallani, a physician doing business in Troy, Michigan, conspired with her husband, Srinivas Nallani, to commit health care fraud in connection with an approximately $9 million physicians home visit operation.
The indictment alleges that Dr. Nallani billed Medicare for excessive home visits which required that she physically be present during these home visits, when in fact she was out of the country. In addition, Dr. Nallani billed for home visits on particular days which would be physcially impossible to complete given the number of hours in a day and the geographical distance between each home. Srinivas Nallani, was the billing manager for Dr. Nallani’s company, Allied Geriatric Services, and participated in the submission of false and fraudulent claims to Medicare. Additionally, the Nallanis have been charged with laundering the proceeds of the health care fraud conspiracy.
If convicted on the charges that statutory maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. The United States is seeking the forfeiture of approximately $825,000 seized from accounts controlled by the Nallanis as well as two vehicles owned by the Nallanis.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by special agents of the FBI and HHS-OIG. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gjon Juncaj and Philip A. Ross