Second arrest made in Medicaid fraud re-indictment

A Pharr man who has been entangled in allegations of defrauding Texas Medicaid was arrested again Thursday.

Gerardo Javier Jackson, 51, is charged in an indictment issued Aug. 22 with a single count of Medicaid fraud.

He’s accused, along with 64-year-old Edinburg resident Osama Bachir Nahas, of defrauding Texas Medicaid from Jan. 1, 2011, to Jan. 31, 2012.

The indictment alleges that Jackson conspired with Nahas to defraud Texas Medicaid by helping the Edinburg doctor obtain unauthorized payments from the program by directing his employees to perform physical services when those employees had no formal training or licenses and were not supervised by a doctor or licensed physical therapist.

Nahas is then accused of submitting false claims to Texas Medicaid that included false statements or misrepresentations of material fact, according to the indictment.

“The value of claims submitted directly or indirectly to the Texas Medicaid program as a result of this one scheme and continuing course of conduct was more than $20,000 but less than $100,000,” the indictment alleges.

Jackson was booked and released Thursday on a $100,000 personal recognizance bond.

Osama Nahas

Nahas is facing four charges of Medicaid fraud. He was booked and released on a combined $400,000 in personal recognizance bonds Aug. 23.

The men were previously indicted in May 2017 on two counts of Medicaid fraud during an alleged conspiracy that spanned between Jan. 1, 2009, and Feb. 27, 2012, for claims totaling $200,000 or more.

The allegations in the indictment are the same, but the time frame where the alleged fraud occurred differs.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case.