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Canton-based Doctor Charged with 22 Felony Fraud Counts

LANSING, MI – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his Health Care Fraud Division has charged Dr. Bassel Altantawi, 45, of Farmington Hills, with nine counts of Medicaid Fraud, 12 counts of Health Care Fraud, and one count of Continuing Criminal Enterprise.Dr. Bassel Altantawi

Altantawi is the only practicing physician at Canton Urgent Care, located at 43033 Ford Rd. in Canton.

Canton Township Police contacted the Health Care Fraud Division after receiving a complaint that Dr. Altantawi was allegedly billing for services not rendered. The subsequent investigation by the Health Care Fraud Division revealed evidence that Dr. Altantawi repeatedly billed Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for services he allegedly did not provide to patients.

“We will continue to identify and prosecute unscrupulous health care providers who waste limited health care dollars by fraudulently seeking payment for services they never provided,” said Schuette. “Michigan residents should feel confident that when they see a physician, they receive honest, quality care and accurate billing based on the services provided to them by a physician.”

Schuette filed the following charges against Dr. Bassel Altantawi on May 3, 2016 in the City of East Lansing’s 54-B District Court:

  • Nine counts of Medicaid Fraud, punishable by up to 4 years in prison, and/or a fine of $50,000; and,
  • 12 counts of Health Care Fraud, punishable by up to 4 years in prison, and/or a fine of $50,000; and,
  • One count of Continuing Criminal Enterprise, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and/or a fine of not more than $100,000.

Dr. Altantawi was arraigned before Judge Richard Ball and released on $25,000 personal recognizance bond.  He is next due in court on Monday, May 9, 2016 for a preliminary conference.

Schuette noted the contribution of Blue Cross Blue Shield fraud investigators in assisting the Department of Attorney General with the investigation.

Any patient who was seen by Dr. Altantawi who believes that he billed for services never provided is encouraged to call the Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division hotline at 1-800-24-ABUSE.

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