Palos Hills Man Sentenced for $2.9 Million Medicare Fraud
The owner of a Palos Hills-based home health care business will go to prison and has to pay restitution.
A Palos Hills man convicted of defrauding Medicare was sentenced Thursday to prison and has to pay millions of dollar in restitution.
Bahir Haj Khalil, 34, was the co-owner and manager of House Call Physicians and, now, has to pay back $2.9 million that Cook County prosecutors said was fraudulently obtained by submitting thousands of bogus claims, Sun-Times Media reports.
Khalil preyed on the elderly and exploited their Medicare benefits, prosecutors said in a release sent by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago.
Khalil was one of three men who operated the Palos Hills-based home health care business. Palos Patch first reported on the charges in July 2011.
According to the Sun-Times Media report, prosecutors said Khalil's business had submitted fake claims the entire time since it was founded in 2006. Two of Khalil's business partners have been convicted of lesser charges stemming from this operation, according to the report.
Editor's Note: The city where the defandent is from was updated.