Dealing in plain sight –
May 31, 2019 – Shariff also tried to carry out a separate home health care fraud scheme which involved his Elgin-based company Home Health Resource LLC, prosecutors said. In a May 2016 meeting in Chicago, he offered to pay a doctor $500 each time they referred a home health care qualified Medicare beneficiary to Shariff’s company. The physician Shariff met with was cooperating with authorities at the time and their conversation was recorded, prosecutors said. Shariff told nurses at his company to advise patients to pretend they were homebound.
Shariff “chose to make his living in a vitally important industry,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter M. Flanagan said in the sentencing memorandum. “He showed an abject disregard of patients and perverted his companies into engines of unlawful profit.”