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Federal prosecutors charge California home health care firm with Medicare kickbacks scheme

Casey Tolan, The Mercury News on

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Singh repeatedly pushed associates to get her more patient referrals. "It's been so many years and i know you are aware of what the expectations are," she texted one associate in November 2018, according to the complaint. "I'm not here to fight I'm pretty clear cut and u know that. I'm drama free but things can get to my nerve when I don't see the mutual understanding."

Prosecutors don't allege that any patients were involved in the scheme or that patients were treated poorly by the companies. But it was the network of bribery that enabled Amity to become the region's largest home health care provider, the charging documents say.

The individuals charged with accepting kickbacks include 13 doctors, five nurses and one social worker from around the Bay Area. In addition to about $6 million paid in cash, the defendants allegedly received gifts like designer bags, tickets to Warriors games, trips to Las Vegas, and expensive dinners to incentivize them to send their patients to Amity.

The doctors charged are Bhupinder Bhandari of Pleasanton; Andre Gay of Union City; Mariam Hasan of Milpitas; Kimberly Hicks of Oakland; Yelena Kabanskaya of San Jose; April Mancuso of Los Gatos; Gerald Myint of Union City; Tam Nguyen of San Jose; Juan Posada of Cupertino; Kerisimasi Reynolds of Los Gatos; Scott Taylor of Oakland; Henry Watson of Oakland; and Zheng Zhang of Saratoga.

If defendants are convicted of violating the anti-kickback law, they could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum $100,000 fine, while Singh could be subject to steeper penalties under her additional charges.

As he urged defendants not to violate the terms of their bonds, Judge Spero suggested that the case is unlikely to be wrapped up anytime soon.

 

"A complicated case like this could take years," Spero told Singh, "and you don't want to be sitting in a jail cell."

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