Addicts’ lives meant Lamborghinis for entrepreneur Mashiyat Rashid. The Detroit man helped flood the streets with 6.6 million doses of painkillers. He also forced down-on-their luck homeless people to submit to painful and worthless spine injections they didn’t need.
Rashid’s crime ring soaked Medicare for $300 million. He was one of America’s largest prescribers of pain pills at a time when 115 Americans die from opioid overdoses each day.
Homeless seniors were special targets of Rashid’s theft spree. Many were addicts. He forced them to get painful spinal injections they didn’t need, all in exchange for pain pills. The ultimatum: Get injections — or no drugs.
Bribed for stinging spine injections
Rashid bribed physicians to give the spinal pain injections, paid by Medicare. The more shots, the more bribes. So doctors kept shuttling in seniors for the stinging injections. Medicare suspended Rashid’s pain clinics after discovering 100 percent of his injection claims were medically worthless.
Doctors prescribed millions of pain pills to seniors, also Medicare-paid. Many pills were funneled back onto the streets and into addicts’s hands.
Rashid made America’s drug epidemic worse. More people die from drugs than car accidents and guns. More than 72,000 people died from drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2017 alone.
Patients also were herded around his crime network for bogus lab tests, and inflated home-healthcare claims. Seniors were well, and didn’t even need homecare. Often Rashid’s firms were empty shells. Their sole purpose was to soak Medicare, and launder his stolen taxpayer money. Rashid simply changed the company’s name on the same door to dodge investigators tracking his inflated billings.
Pain made Rashid wealthy. Stolen Medicare money bought him exotic luxury cars such as a Lamborghini and Rolls Royce Ghost. Facebook photos show Rashid posing next to a Rolls-Royce, with a private jet that flew him out for a golf vacation.
Building mansion with basketball court
He had court-side seats to NBA games, plus bling such as rare Richard Mille watches and Hermes fashion clothing. He was building a 10,000-square-foot mansion with an underground basketball court when he was arrested.
Rashid made so much money that he stockpiled cash in 55 bank accounts. At one point, he withdrew $500,000 of cash from his bank account and stuffed it into a duffel bag.
Rashid pleaded guilty. So have seven doctors. Rashid will learn in April 2019 how much time he’ll spend in federal prison. “This was a crime of deceit. His fraud was brazen,” federal prosecutor Jacob Foster said. “This was about the thousands and thousands of beneficiaries who were taken advantage of in order for (Rashid) to line his pockets.”
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