The former owner of Shelby Regional Hospital faces additional charges after a federal grand jury in Tyler handed down seven counts of aggravated identity theft last month.
Dr. Tariq Mahmood had his rural hospital chain collapse last year amid reports of reckless care and alleged fraud. The latest charges are on top of the eight counts of healthcare billing fraud brought last year. The Dallas businessman has pleaded not guilty to both sets of charges.
Mahmood allegedly aided and abetted by others both known and unknown to the grand jury unlawfully used the names of Medicare beneficiaries in a conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Details of the alleged theft are not provided in the new indictment. Mahmood’s attorney has won a postponement of his trial until late spring or summer.
The original indictment accuses Mahmood of conspiring to defraud government health insurance programs through $1.1 million in bogus claims for patient care at his 6 hospitals, including Shelby Regional, which closed last July.
We’ve been told a Sheriff’s Sale is scheduled for this week at the Shelby County Courthouse to sell the former hospital property on Hurst Street.