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Plattsburgh man admits guilt to Medicaid, Workers Comp fraud

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Two taxi and transport company owners pleaded guilty Tuesday for their parts in multi-million dollar Medicaid and Workers Compensation frauds involving nearly a dozen companies in the Adirondack and Capital regions.

Arshad Nazir, 54, of Plattsburgh and Muhammad N. Jahangir, 24, of Queensbury were among 13 taxi and transport company owners and operators arrested last May on state and federal charges alleging millions of dollars in thefts and frauds against Medicaid and the Workers Compensation system.

The pleas were announced in a joint press release from New York State Workers Compensation Fraud Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York Grant C. Jaquith and Acting New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett

RESTITUTION

Nazir, the owner of Capital Medallion Inc. (DBA Avalanche Taxi), admitted in United States Court of the Northern District of New York in Albany to the federal felony crimes of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay health care kickbacks.

The plea agreement is contingent upon Nazir also pleading guilty at a later date in Essex County Court to the state charges of second-degree grand larceny and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure Workers Compensation, both felonies.

He also must pay $550,000 in restitution to the New York State Department of Health.

Nazir is expected back in federal court on June 18 for sentencing when he will face up to 10 years in prison and a find of up to $250,000.

ACTED IN CONCERT

Jahangir, an owner of Capital Cab Corporation, pleaded guilty last week in Ticonderoga Town Court to petty larceny and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, both misdemeanors.

He said in court that his criminal activities were performed while acting in concert with co-defendant Khurram Gondal, the release said.

Charges against Gondal, of Ticonderoga, remain pending, and Jahangir is due back in Ticonderoga Town Court for sentencing on April 3.

He is expected to pay $17,600 in restitution.

ALLEGATIONS

The pleas and remaining charges are the result of a two-year joint state and federal investigation led by State Police that included the execution of multiple search warrants and 13 arrests in May 2018.

The allegations included:

• Billing Medicaid for trips that never occurred.

• Bribing Medicaid recipient patients with kickbacks for using their specific transport companies,

• Failing to provide employees of the transport companies with required Workers Compensation insurance.

• Filing documents falsely certifying required Workers Compensation coverage in order to provide Medicaid transport services.

Altogether, the charges allege multiple millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicaid billings, and the investigation is ongoing, the release said.

A CLEAR MESSAGE

Medicaid is a county, state and federally funded benefit program proving health care coverage for individuals with limited income.

“These first pleas and restitution orders send a clear message that corrupt medical transport companies will be held accountable,” said Leahy Scott in the release.

“These taxi companies plagued the Northway corridor for years, and I thank my local, state and federal law enforcement partners for their extraordinary work throughout this two-year investigation in putting an end to these criminal practices and protecting the integrity of critical public benefits meant only for those who truly need them.”

MANY PARTNERS

The companies involved provideD medical transport services throughout the eastern Adirondack and Capital regions.

“Today’s guilty plea is proof that we will not tolerate the actions of those willing to victimize their customers in order to steal millions of taxpayer dollars,” Corlett said in the release.

“This was a complex, two-year long investigation that would have been impossible without the cooperation of our state, federal and local partners. I want to thank our members and partners for their hard work on this case.”

ALSO CHARGED

Khurram Gondal, 38, of Ticonderoga, an owner of Four-Way Taxi Inc., Green Mountain Medical Transportation Inc. (DBA Green Mountain Taxi), Capital Cab Corporation, and All NY Taxi & Limo Inc.

Gondal is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud in violation of United States Code; first-degree grand larceny, three counts of second-degree grand larceny, third-degree grand larceny, four counts of first-degree falsifying business records, all felonies; and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, two counts charged as a felony and two counts charged as a misdemeanor.

Waqas Nauman, 36, of Queensbury, an owner of Green Mountain Medical Transportation Inc. (DBA Green Mountain Taxi).

Nauman is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud in violation of United States Code and second-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, all felonies.

Samone Marshall, 28, of Ticonderoga, an owner of All NY Taxi & Limo Inc.

Marshall is charged with second-degree grand larceny, a felony; and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation as a misdemeanor.

Sana Ullah Chaddher (also known as Sana Ullah), 55, of Ticonderoga, an owner of Chaddher Imports Inc. (DBA Adirondack Taxi & Limo).

Chaddher is charged with first-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, charged as a felony.

Quaiser Gondal, 46, of Ticonderoga, an owner of Ti Taxi Inc.

Gondal is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and knowingly and willfully offering to pay bribes and kickbacks to Medicaid beneficiaries in violation of United States Code and also second-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records, felonies.

Saleem Hayat, 35, of Port Henry, an owner of Moriah Cab Service Inc.

Hayat is charged with second-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, charged as a felony.
Maryam Qaiser, 41, of Ticonderoga, an owner of Advantage Medical Transport, Inc.

Qaiser is charged with second-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, charged as a felony.

Chaudary Kahn, 55, of Keeseville, an owner of I-87 Transporters (DBA A-1 Taxi).

Kahn is charged with second-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, charged as a felony.
Khalid Chaddher, 48, of Ticonderoga, an owner of Chaddher Imports, Inc. (DBA Adirondack Taxi & Limo).

Chaddher is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and knowingly and willfully offering to pay bribes and kickbacks to Medicaid beneficiaries in violation of United States Code, and also third-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, felonies.

Anthony Armstrong, 29, of Port Henry, manager of Ti Taxi Inc.

He is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and knowingly and willfully offering to pay bribes and kickbacks to Medicaid beneficiaries in violation of United States Code, and also third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, felonies.

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9-year-old genius to graduate university

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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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