September 14, 2012
Contact: Special Agent Cheryl Davis
Phone Number: (313) 234-4000
Detroit Area Doctor Charged With Illegal Distribution Of Rx Drugs And Health Care Fraud
DETROIT - An indictment was unsealed today charging Dr. Mikhayl Soliman, 59, of Plymouth, Michigan with Medicare fraud and distribution of prescription drugs, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Corso, U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA), Detroit Field Division; Special Agent in Charge, Robert D. Foley III, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh, Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; and Police Chief Jason Wright, City of Wayne, Michigan.
The ten-count indictment charges that between 2007 and 2012, Dr. Soliman billed Medicare for services not rendered and distributed controlled substances outside the course of usual medical practice and for no legitimate purpose. During that time frame, Dr. Soliman billed Medicare for approximately $4,155,565 in claims. The majority of the claims were for physician home visits that were purportedly provided when Dr. Soliman was not present in the home, as required by Medicare. Dr. Soliman is also charged with providing prescriptions for OxyContin, Vicodin, and other pharmaceutical narcotics in exchange for cash payments outside the course of usual medical practice and for no legitimate purpose.
"Medicare is intended to provide health care funds for our most vulnerable citizens," U.S. Attorney McQuade said. “Doctors and other providers who steal taxpayer money by cheating the Medicare program will be prosecuted.”
Robert L. Corso, DEA Special Agent in Charge said, "Today's arrest is another example of DEA's determination to combat the troubling prescription drug abuse problem in this country. Dr. Soliman abused his position of trust and jeopardized the lives of many individuals by illegally distributing highly addictive opiate painkillers. Today's arrest of Dr. Soliman makes it clear that the DEA and our partners in law enforcement will continue to investigate and bring to justice those individuals that are responsible for the illegal distribution of prescription medicines."
Robert D. Foley III, FBI Special Agent in Charge said, "These charges represent a serious abuse of the health care system. Those motivated by greed who unlawfully take from a system designed to care for patients, will be tirelessly pursued by the FBI and prosecuted for their crimes."
Soliman was arrested today and appeared in federal court this afternoon for his arraignment.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by Special Agents of the DEA, FBI, HHS-OIG, and the City of Wayne Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Bidwell.