Psychiatrist Muhammad Cheema Charged with Health Care Fraud

July 30, 2018

Rochester/Pittsford, N.Y. – Psychiatrist Muhammad Cheema has been charged with health care fraud and making false statements relating to healthcare matters. Prosecutors say that investigation found Cheema upcoded patients’ office visits on a regular basis and billed health care programs for services he didn’t provide. 
Court papers allege Cheema accepted more than $220,000 dollars to promote for pharmaceutical companies and consulting opportunities in 2016. Between January 2012 and July of last year, investigators estimate Cheema submitted nearly $1.8 million in fraudulent claims.
Prosecutors also say Cheema also submitted a fake certificate that said he was board-certified in psychiatry. Allegedly, FBI agents determined the certificate was made on a desktop computer, using a certificate that actually belonged to an Arizona psychiatrist.
Cheema appeared in federal court Monday for an initial appearance. He is due back in court in September.
"Pittsford psychiatrist charged with health care fraud," WHAMMonday, 30 July 2018,


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