Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson, who told investigators he wanted to one day become president of Ghana, sent nearly $2 million to people or entities in Ghana, court records show. According to reports he is related to former Vice President under Hilla Limann, Dr. Joseph William Swain deGraft Johnson.
According to the New York Times Federal prosecutors charged the doctor with more than 50 counts of health care fraud, according to records filed at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Federal prosecutors charged the doctor with more than 50 counts of health care fraud, according to records filed at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.Credit… Beatrice M. Queral/State Library & Archives of Florida
A Florida doctor who had ambitions to one day become the president of Ghana faces charges of bilking $26 million from health insurers for surgeries he did not perform or for carrying out unnecessary procedures, federal court records show.
The doctor, Moses deGraft-Johnson, was charged this month with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and more than 50 counts of health care fraud, according to court records filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
Dr. deGraft-Johnson, who owned and operated the Heart and Vascular Institute of North Florida in Tallahassee, a doctor’s office and outpatient catheterization lab, used his privileges at a hospital to poach patients “for purposes of subsequently billing health care benefit programs for interventional vascular procedures” that were never done, court records said.
From September 2015 to this month, Dr. deGraft-Johnson submitted scores of fraudulent claims to health insurers, including Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, court papers said.
Prosecutors said some patients who visited his office received a diagnostic angiography — a procedure used to assess if a patient has heart disease — “whether medically necessary or not.”
Other procedures he billed for were recorded as being done when Dr. deGraft-Johnson was actually traveling abroad, prosecutors said. For instance, during a three-day period in 2018, he claimed to have performed 13 atherectomies, a procedure to open blocked coronary arteries or vein grafts, or balloon angioplasties on dates he was overseas, court records said.
In another case, he claimed to have done 14 procedures, with up to a 45-minute turnaround time between patients, on a day in December 2017. What he said he accomplished in seven hours would have taken roughly 28 hours, prosecutors said.
During the five-year period, Dr. deGraft-Johnson claimed to have performed at least 3,631 atherectomies, and health insurers paid him at least $26.6 million as a result, court documents said.
Investigators looked at the doctor’s credit card accounts, which showed more than $1 million in purchases at Tiffany & Company and Cartier. Dr. deGraft-Johnson said he had five car leases, including ones for a Ferrari and Lamborghini, court records said.