An Indian-American doctor couple in Houston has been charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with conspiracy to commit health care fraud costing the government a whopping US $ 8 million by running their clinics as virtual "pill mills". Dr Arun Sharma and his wife Dr Kiran Sharma, both 54, were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to unlawfully distribute controlled substances not for legitimate medical reasons, Houston Chronicle reported quoting officials.
Sharma and his wife, a physician, prescribed more than 600,000 pain pills and billed the government more than US $ 8 million for medical care that was never performed. Investigators said the couple operated
Investigators found US $ 700,000 during a search of the couple's home along with US $ 816,000 inside a pair of safe deposit boxes, officials said. Kiran Sharma, suspected of handling the couple's financial arrangements, was taken into federal custody on Wednesday and will remain in custody pending her appearance before a US Magistrate Judge. A warrant remains outstanding for Arun Sharma's arrest, according to the officials.