Texas doctor charged with aggravated identity theft for misusing Medicare patients' names in fraud scheme

Miles Moffeit reports:

A federal grand jury has handed down additional charges against Dr. Tariq Mahmood, whose rural hospital chain collapsed last year amid reports of reckless care and alleged fraud.

The Dallas businessman now faces seven counts of aggravated identity theft, according to papers filed in U.S.district court in Tyler.

Those come on top of eight counts of healthcare billing fraud brought last year. Mahmood has pleaded not guilty to both sets of charges.

The new indictment doesn’t provide details of the alleged theft. It only says “Mahmood, aided and abetted by others both known and unknown to the grand jury” unlawfully used the names of Medicare beneficiaries in a conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

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