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A Florida doctor who had ambitions to one day become the president of Ghana faces charges of bilking $26 million from health insurers for surgeries he did not perform or for carrying out unnecessary procedures, federal court records show.
The doctor, Moses deGraft-Johnson, was charged this month with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and more than 50 counts of health care fraud, according to court records filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
The article goes on to state the following:
Dr. deGraft-Johnson, who owned and operated the Heart and Vascular Institute of North Florida in Tallahassee, a doctor’s office and outpatient catheterization lab, used his privileges at a hospital to poach patients “for purposes of subsequently billing health care benefit programs for interventional vascular procedures” that were never done, court records said.
The report states that deGraft-Johnson submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, from September 2015 until he was indicted on Feb 4.
Prosecutors said deGraft-Johnson led a lavish lifestyle with the proceeds from his scam, which included $1 million in purchases at Tiffany & Company and Cartier, and five car leases, including ones for a Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Additionally, deGraft-Johnson reportedly had a high rise apartment in Manhattan, and residences in South Hampton, New York; Miami and outside Houston. He also traveled to Madrid, London, Ghana and China, and some of his fraudulent charges were billed on dates he was actually overseas.
Born in Ghana, Dr. deGraft-Johnson was a naturalized American citizen, and had said his ultimate goal was to be the president of Ghana. He reportedly wired at least $1.8 million back to people or entities in Ghana.
A separate report by the Tallahassee Democrat states, “On Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Stampelos found that deGraft-Johnson was a flight risk and ordered him held at the Federal Detention Center in Tallahassee pending his trial, currently set for March 23.” If convicted, he faces up to 17 years or more in prison.
— Ameyaw Debrah (@ameyaw112) February 16, 2020
Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson, a Florida doctor who bilked $26 million from health insurers for surgeries he did not perform or for carrying out unnecessary procedures, told investigators he wanted to one day become the president of Ghana. https://t.co/WxHV0NKIAe
— Abdi Latif Dahir (@Lattif) February 16, 2020
Tallahassee heart surgeon indicted on health-care fraud charges https://t.co/tr6CJNSsxd
— Tallahassee Democrat (@TDOnline) February 14, 2020
Prosecutors say Moses deGraft-Johnson has stated his ultimate long-term professional goal is “to be the President of Ghana.” https://t.co/8hlQZQXOPM
— KFVS News (@kfvsnews) February 16, 2020
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