Pittsburgh Resident Sentenced to 18 Months of Imprisonment for Convictions of Agreeing with Others to Pay Illegal Kickbacks Related to Laboratory Tests
PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Los Angeles, California, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of conspiring to commit health care fraud, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.
The one-count Indictment named Seyed Hamed Razavi Rahmani, also known as Hamed Ramni, age 39, who resides in Los Angeles, California, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment presented to the court, Rahmani was part of the Insure Nutrition enterprise that provided bariatric patients with free nutritional shakes as an inducement to get patients’ medical insurance information in order to market expensive medications that were of questionable medical value to those patients. In the process, Insure Nutrition gained access to the purchasers’ personal information and insurance coverage, thereby allowing them to bill insurance companies for these products. As a part of the scheme in which Rahmani was an active participant, Insure Nutrition did not collect co-payments on the excessively expensive medications and fabricated procedures to mislead auditors concerning the critical issue of co-payments.
Pursuant to previous Indictments associated with this scheme, other defendants who have entered guilty pleas have forfeited more than $54,000,000 in fraudulent proceeds that have been sent to the victim insurance carriers as partial reimbursement for losses they sustained.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The FBI conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.