Philadelphia man pleads guilty in health-care fraud

Oasis Holistic Healing Village, on 17th Street near Spruce. (Luis Fernando Rodriguez/Staff)
Oasis Holistic Healing Village, on 17th Street near Spruce. (Luis Fernando Rodriguez/Staff)
Posted: June 27, 2012

A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty to submitting $1.5 million worth of claims for chiropractic treatments to Independence Blue Cross, Zane David Memeger. U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, said. Prosecutors said that in 2009, Tahib Smith Ali, 35, posed as a chiropractor and physical therapist while operating a Philadelphia clinic known as Oasis Holistic Healing Village on South 17th Street in Center City and submitted claims under the name and medical provider number who no longer worked at the clinic. He pleaded guilty to 50 counts of health-care fraud, 50 counts of false statements in health-care matters, and one count of aggravated identity theft, federal officials said. Ali faces up to 54 months in prison.

Harold Brubaker

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