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Livonia doctor, 3 employees charged with medical fraud

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A 51-year-old Livonia physician faces felony charges for allegedly allowing three of his unlicensed employees to perform medical services.

Dr. Murtaza Hussain and the workers at the Livernois Family Medical Services in Detroit were arraigned Wednesday in 54B District Court in East Lansing on charges related to the alleged Medicaid and insurance fraud, Attorney General Bill Schuette said.

The employees charged are Ali Hazim-Fathulla Alateya, 31, of Dearborn Heights, Jyoti Rohit Shah, 64, of Southfield and Xun Wang, 39, of Troy.

The charges follow an investigation by the AG’s Health Care Fraud Division after the inspector general for the Department of Community Health referred a complaint.

Hussain and his three co-defendants allegedly billed the federal Medicaid program and private insurance companies for physician-provided services that were performed by the unlicensed employees, according to Schuette’s office.

The employees allegedly evaluated and diagnosed patients, made treatment decisions and wrote prescriptions.

Medicaid and private insurance companies require a physician or licensed health professional to perform certain services on patients, according to Schuette’s office.

“Medical professionals should be the protectors of their patients’ care,” Schuette said in a release Wednesday.

Max Hoffman, defense attorney for Hussain, did not immediately return a call on Wednesday seeking comment.

Alateya, Shah and Wang all requested court-appointed attorneys during the arraignment, according to court documents.

Hussain and Livernois Family Medical Services each face four counts of Medicaid fraud-false claim, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine and two counts of health care fraud-false claim, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.

Alateya faces two counts of health care fraud-false claim and one count of health profession-unauthorized practice, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

Shah and Wang each face two counts of Medicaid fraud-false claim and one count of health profession-unauthorized practice.

District Judge Richard Ball set a personal recognizance bond at $25,000 for each defendant.

A preliminary exam is scheduled for April 1.