Massive fraud scheme linked to baby's death

Fifteen California medical professionals were indicted last week in a $25 million dollar workers' compensation scam that prosecutors associate with a child's death, the Associated Press reported. Kareem Ahmed, head of the worker's compensation claim firm Landmark Medical Management, allegedly hired pharmacists to make a topical pain relief cream, paid providers to prescribe and distribute it, and then filed inappropriate claims. Kickbacks reached up to $8 million between 2009 and 2013, prosecutors allege. A coroner's report revealed a five-month-old boy died after ingesting drugs in the cream, according to the article. His parents say the cream wasn't properly prescribed and they weren't told of its risks and how to use it. Ahmed and others face felony charges including insurance fraud, conspiracy, trading rebates for patient referrals and involuntary manslaughter. Article

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