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Federal Health Care Fraud Crackdown Includes Five Central Ohioans

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A federal grand jury has indicted two central Ohio health care companies and their owners on fraud charges.Jim Letizia reports.

Prosecutors have charged Salim Dahdah, owner of the Ohio Institute of Cardiac Care in Springfield, and his wife Cindy, who owns billing company Accubil. Prosecutors say Accubil received more than 2 million dollars from Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary stress tests and coronary interventions such as pacemakers and stents. Prosecutors have also charged Darrell Bryant and Gifty Kusi of Health & Wellness Pharmacy in Dublin, as well as Doctor Jornel Rivera, who with Kusi owned and operated Health & Wellness Medical Center in Dublin. The trio allegedly received more than 3 million dollars from the Ohio Department of Medicaid and Medicaid managed care organizations through multiple schemes for services that were not provided or requested. The two cases are part of a national health care fraud crackdown announced Thursday.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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