Call center owner indicted in $97M Medicare fraud scheme

A call center owner was indicted on 10 charges for his alleged role in a durable medical equipment kickback scheme that caused Medicare to lose $97 million. 

Raheel Naviwala, 35, of Coral Springs, Fla., and his conspirators owned and operated multiple call centers through which they allegedly obtained physicians orders orthotic braces for Medicaid beneficiaries regardless of medical necessity, according to a Feb. 21 Justice Department news release. 

Mr. Naviwala and his conspirators allegedly provided the orders in exchange for bribes from certain companies of $125 to $450 per brace, according to the release. They allegedly caused Medicare to lose more than $97 million and received kickbacks in excess of $46 million. 

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