ALBANY — Two taxi and transport company owners pleaded guilty Tuesday for their parts in multi-million dollar Medicaid and Workers Compensation frauds involving nearly a dozen companies in the Adirondack and Capital regions.

Arshad Nazir, 54, of Plattsburgh and Muhammad N. Jahangir, 24, of Queensbury were among 13 taxi and transport company owners and operators arrested last May on state and federal charges alleging millions of dollars in thefts and frauds against Medicaid and the Workers Compensation system.

The pleas were announced in a joint press release from New York State Workers Compensation Fraud Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York Grant C. Jaquith and Acting New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett 

RESTITUTION

Nazir, the owner of Capital Medallion Inc. (DBA Avalanche Taxi), admitted in United States Court of the Northern District of New York in Albany to the federal felony crimes of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay health care kickbacks.

The plea agreement is contingent upon Nazir also pleading guilty at a later date in Essex County Court to the state charges of second-degree grand larceny and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure Workers Compensation, both felonies.

He also must pay $550,000 in restitution to the New York State Department of Health.

Nazir is expected back in federal court on June 18 for sentencing when he will face up to 10 years in prison and a find of up to $250,000.

ACTED IN CONCERT 

Jahangir, an owner of Capital Cab Corporation, pleaded guilty last week in Ticonderoga Town Court to petty larceny and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, both misdemeanors.

He said in court that his criminal activities were performed while acting in concert with co-defendant Khurram Gondal, the release said.

Charges against Gondal, of Ticonderoga, remain pending, and Jahangir is due back in Ticonderoga Town Court for sentencing on April 3.

He is expected to pay $17,600 in restitution.

ALLEGATIONS

The pleas and remaining charges are the result of a two-year joint state and federal investigation led by State Police that included the execution of multiple search warrants and 13 arrests in May 2018.

The allegations included:

• Billing Medicaid for trips that never occurred.

• Bribing Medicaid recipient patients with kickbacks for using their specific transport companies,

• Failing to provide employees of the transport companies with required Workers Compensation insurance.

• Filing documents falsely certifying required Workers Compensation coverage in order to provide Medicaid transport services.

Altogether, the charges allege multiple millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicaid billings, and the investigation is ongoing, the release said.

A CLEAR MESSAGE

Medicaid is a county, state and federally funded benefit program proving health care coverage for individuals with limited income.

“These first pleas and restitution orders send a clear message that corrupt medical transport companies will be held accountable,” said Leahy Scott in the release.

“These taxi companies plagued the Northway corridor for years, and I thank my local, state and federal law enforcement partners for their extraordinary work throughout this two-year investigation in putting an end to these criminal practices and protecting the integrity of critical public benefits meant only for those who truly need them.”

MANY PARTNERS

The companies involved provideD medical transport services throughout the eastern Adirondack and Capital regions. 

“Today’s guilty plea is proof that we will not tolerate the actions of those willing to victimize their customers in order to steal millions of taxpayer dollars,” Corlett said in the release.

“This was a complex, two-year long investigation that would have been impossible without the cooperation of our state, federal and local partners. I want to thank our members and partners for their hard work on this case.”

ALSO CHARGED

Khurram Gondal, 38, of Ticonderoga, an owner of Four-Way Taxi Inc., Green Mountain Medical Transportation Inc. (DBA Green Mountain Taxi), Capital Cab Corporation, and All NY Taxi & Limo Inc.

Gondal is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud in violation of United States Code; first-degree grand larceny, three counts of second-degree grand larceny, third-degree grand larceny, four counts of first-degree falsifying business records, all felonies; and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, two counts charged as a felony and two counts charged as a misdemeanor.

Waqas Nauman, 36, of Queensbury, an owner of Green Mountain Medical Transportation Inc. (DBA Green Mountain Taxi).

Nauman is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud in violation of United States Code and second-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, all felonies.

Samone Marshall, 28, of Ticonderoga, an owner of All NY Taxi & Limo Inc.

Marshall is charged with second-degree grand larceny, a felony; and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation as a misdemeanor.

Sana Ullah Chaddher (also known as Sana Ullah), 55, of Ticonderoga, an owner of Chaddher Imports Inc. (DBA Adirondack Taxi & Limo).

Chaddher is charged with first-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, charged as a felony.

Quaiser Gondal, 46, of Ticonderoga, an owner of Ti Taxi Inc.

Gondal is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and knowingly and willfully offering to pay bribes and kickbacks to Medicaid beneficiaries in violation of United States Code and also second-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records, felonies. 

Saleem Hayat, 35, of Port Henry, an owner of Moriah Cab Service Inc.

Hayat is charged with second-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, charged as a felony.

Maryam Qaiser, 41, of Ticonderoga, an owner of Advantage Medical Transport, Inc.

Qaiser is charged with second-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, charged as a felony.

Chaudary Kahn, 55, of Keeseville, an owner of I-87 Transporters (DBA A-1 Taxi).

Kahn is charged with second-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and the Workers Compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, charged as a felony. 

Khalid Chaddher, 48, of Ticonderoga, an owner of Chaddher Imports, Inc. (DBA Adirondack Taxi & Limo).

Chaddher is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and knowingly and willfully offering to pay bribes and kickbacks to Medicaid beneficiaries in violation of United States Code, and also third-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, felonies.

Anthony Armstrong, 29, of Port Henry, manager of Ti Taxi Inc.

He is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and knowingly and willfully offering to pay bribes and kickbacks to Medicaid beneficiaries in violation of United States Code, and also third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, felonies.

Tukk Simpson, 48, of Crown Point, an owner of Tukk Simpson DBA Crown Point Cab.

Simpson is charged with second-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records, felonies.

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