Thursday, November 22, 2007

Solving the mystery

People had been searching for "abortionist arrested" and "Sheikh arrested". Now Life News solves the mystery for me: Kentucky Abortion Practitioner Jailed for Alleged Medicaid Fraud (with mugshot goodness)

Hamid Hussain Sheikh is being held on $100,000 bond. He's been charged with billing the state for "ultrasounds" that were actually elective abortions. He faces up to 20 years in prison. He was also charged with double-billing -- charging the patients for abortions, then billing the state.

After they charged him with Medicaid fraud, investigators search his offices in Lexington and found the abortion facility as having "deplorable sanitary conditions." Officials will forward their findings to the Board of Medical Licensure for potential actions.

“The investigation continues,” Attorney General Greg Stumbo said in a statement received. “Additional charges are possible in view of the deplorable sanitary conditions found in Sheikh’s office.”

For more, see the indictment, or this press release from the Kentucky Attorney General:

.... According to the indictment, Sheikh has engaged in the scheme continuously since 2004.

[Attorney General] Stumbo credited his new program called the Fraud Investigation Support Team (FIST) with discovering the illegal abortion activities. FIST is composed of a Medicaid fraud work group trained in data claims and computer forensics to efficiently and effectively review allegations of fraud.


The investigation began with FIST reviewing Medicaid claims data to identify Medicaid patients seen by Dr. Sheikh. FIST personnel recognized prescriptions that made up a "three drug cocktail" that would typically be prescribed after an abortion. As a result, this led the team to uncover the potential fraudulent claims....

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