Ghanaian surgeon Dr Moses who saved American Rapper 50 Cent’s life pleads guilty for fraud.
Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson, a cardiovascular surgeon who sought out patients in poor communities to swindle and defraud for his own personal gain, has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.
DeGraft-Johnson, 46, who immigrated to America from Ghana when he was a child, is credited for saving the life of rapper 50 Cent who came to his Queen’s trauma ward in 2000 with multiple gunshot wounds.
His guilty plea includes admitting getting paid at least $29 million for medical services he never performed on patients and over charging for others adding up to 58 counts of healthcare fraud. And the doctor has a very close connection to Hip-Hop.
The owner of the now-closed Heart and Vascular Institute of North Florida, deGraft-Johnson was indicted on Feb. 4 on numerous counts of health care fraud. He was accused of billing Capital Health Plan, Medicare, and others for procedures he never performed at the clinic, and being paid at least $29 million, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle.
On Friday, deGraft-Johnson pleaded guilty to 56 counts of health-care fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, and aggravated identity theft, according to Tallahassee Democrat.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office reported that deGraft-Johnson used churches, nursing homes, and at least one hospital to find vulnerable victims, and many were subjected to invasive and unnecessary procedures. His dishonest practices left many patients unsure about the actual truth of their health status.
“It is critically important that we do everything within the scope of our authority to help the patients preyed upon by this criminal doctor, in order to seek recovery of the $29-million-plus that he fraudulently received and to prevent similar schemes from happening in the future,” U.S. Attorney Larry Keefe said in a written release.