The Orange County Grand Jury has indicted 15 people — including Kareem Ahmed, a major donor to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, 10 doctors and a pharmacist — for their alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar workers compensation fraud scheme. The alleged ringleader and two others also face one charge of involuntary manslaughter, according to KPCC.
The sealed indictment — obtained by KPCC — accuses Obama donor Kareem Ahmed of orchestrating the elaborate operation. According to the filing:
Ahmed allegedly hired pharmacists to produce three “compounded transdermal cream.”
Ahmed then paid kickbacks to a number of physicians and chiropractors to prescribe the creams to their workers’ compensation patients.
Ahmed then allegedly conspired with the doctors to submit fraudulent workers’ compensation claims.
Ahmed paid physicians a total of more than $25 million to dispense the compound creams between June 15, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2012, according to the indictment. The amounts individual doctors received between 2010 and 2013 ranged from $600,000 to more than $2.5 million, it alleged.
The indictment also accuses Ahmed and two others of “unlawfully and without malice kill(ing) Andrew G. (a minor…)” on Feb. 3, 2013. The indictment does not provide any further details.
The NBC4 I-Team reported that only one minor died in Los Angeles County that day, a 5-month-old who died in a hospital emergency room identified as Andrew Gallegos. Gallegos died from “multiple drug intoxication” and “intake of medications.” His death was ruled a homicide, Los Angeles County Coroner’s officials said.
Talking Points Memo reported that Ahmed gave $1 million to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action in 2012 as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Democrats — even calling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “a personal friend” in a 2012 TPM interview, as reported by The Blaze.
According to the campaign data analysis firm Open Secrets, Ahmed donated $100,000 to Majority PAC, created by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s former chief of staff, and $100,000 to House Majority PAC, a group dedicated to defeating Republicans, as reported by Biz Pac Review.