Oak Creek doctor charged with identity theft and medical assistance fraud
OAK CREEK, Wis. (CBS 58) --- Officials say an Oak Creek doctor was charged Tuesday, May 18 in connection with using a nurse's identity to prescribe medication to his patients, as well as defrauding Medicaid by billing for unnecessary services and for services he didn't actually provide.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the charges against Farid A. Ahmad, M.D., of Oak Creek.
According to the criminal complaint, Ahmad lost his certification to provide medical services to Medicaid patients in the summer of 2018. In September 2018, he used a nurse’s National Provider Identifier Standard (NPI)—a unique, ten-digit numeric identifier that medical service providers must use when prescribing medicine—to prescribe medication to his Medicaid patients, officials say.
The complaint says the nurse told investigators that they consented to allowing Ahmad to use the nurse’s NPI once to prescribe a non-narcotic medication to one patient. Officials say in September 2018, Ahmad used the nurse’s NPI to prescribe nearly 300 medications to his patients, including eight prescriptions for controlled substances.
“Wisconsin DOJ’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is dedicated to fighting fraud in this important program. By holding those who commit Medicaid fraud accountable, our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit protects patients and the Medicaid program,” said Attorney General Kaul.
Officials also say that Ahmad overbilled Medicaid by over $15,000. The complaint also alleges that Ahmad overbilled Medicaid by billing for comprehensive medical examinations, and overbilled Medicaid by billing for unnecessary in-home examinations when his patients could have travelled to his office, officials say.