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A West Bloomfield Township doctor has been sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a $10.4 million health care fraud scheme.

Authorities say Mahmoud Rahim, 65, accepted kickbacks in exchange for referring Medicare patients for electromyogram tests that were unneeded at times and physical therapy from unlicensed people.

He disguised the kickback payments as “rent” and created a shell company to hide his scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Rahim’s office manager, Janet Nahkle, 58, of Dearborn, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to receive health care kickbacks in December 2016. Nahkle was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Rahim was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, one count of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to receive health care kickbacks and two counts of receiving health care kickbacks. His trial lasted one week in September 2017.

U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds ordered Rahim to forfeit $1.6 million.

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