FBI present at office of doctor previously charged with Medicaid fraud

Federal agents conducted “law enforcement activity” at a medical practice in Edinburg on Friday, according to FBI spokesperson Michelle Lee.

Lee confirmed agents were present at the Crosspoint Medical Clinic, located on Trenton Road, but said she could not elaborate on the reason for their presence.

Calls to the office went unanswered.

Dr. Osama Nahas, who is listed as the internist and who The Monitor has previously reported as the owner of the clinic, was indicted in May 2017 on two counts of Medicaid fraud, a first-degree felony, in state district court.

One of Nahas’ former employees, Gerardo “Jerry” Jackson, was also charged on two counts of Medicaid fraud that month.

However, the charges for both men were dismissed last month at the request of the District Attorney’s office, according to court records.

According to their separate indictments, both men are alleged to have filed Medicaid claims for physical therapy treatment rendered under the supervision of a doctor or licensed physical therapist that was not actually done under that supervision. Those claims were submitted from January 1, 2009 to February 27, 2012, and totaled $200,000 or more.

The second count in the indictments alleges they made false statements on Medicaid claims regarding where treatments were rendered that allowed Crosspoint Medical Clinic to receive Medicaid payments they were not authorized to receive.

After their arrests, both were released on a $20,000 cash bond each.

Lee said she could not confirm whether Friday’s activity was related to Nahas’ indictment but the FBI’s interest in clinic’s practices comes on the heels of a federal indictment of another physician.

Last month, federal authorities arrested Jorge Zamora-Quezada, a rheumatologist, on charges of healthcare fraud. The seven-count indictment against him alleges he defrauded health insurers by over-treating patients based off of false diagnoses, allegations his supporters vehemently deny.

Zamora-Quezada has pleaded not guilty and is currently held without bond.

bereniceg@themonitor.com