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Kickbacks haunt Houston pain clinic in alleged $9.1M plot

November 09, 2017, Houston, TX — A brother and sister who own a southwest Houston pain clinic and an associate have been charged in a seven-year fraud scheme in which they requested $9.1 million in reimbursement for false worker compensation claims, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Anukul "Andy" Dass, 41, and his sister Anurag "Anna" Dass, 46, both of Houston, are due in federal court Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Nancy K. Johnson. Co-defendant Stephen Vincent Hunt, 67, formerly of Houston and now of Waxahachie outside Dallas, turned himself in and made an initial appearance earlier in the week.

According to court documents, Anukul and Anurag Dass ran A&A Pain and Wellness Center, Inc. from 2010 to 2017. Prosecutors allege that Hunt, who previously worked for the U.S. Postal Service and was injured, sent postal employees to the pain clinic and the Dasses filed false claims with the Office of Worker Compensation Programs for medical treatment and health care services. Hunt got kickbacks for each claim they filed, according to documents.

The scheme billed Workers Compensation more than $9.1 million in services that were not rendered or necessary. The agency paid the clinic operators $7.2 million on claims the government alleges are fraudulent.

Scott Pierce, Special Agent in Charge at the U.S. Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General, said pursuing false claims is paramount at the agency.

"Along with our law enforcement partners, the USPS-OIG will continue to aggressively investigate those who engage in fraudulent activities intended to defraud federal benefit programs and the Postal Service," he said in a press statement.

Source: Chron.com

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