WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (PTI) – Twelve people, including nine Indian Americans and Indian nationals, have been charged in the state of Pennsylvania for allegedly participating in a multifaceted conspiracy involving a state network of dental offices and related dental businesses was.
According to court documents, these 12 individuals operated and participated in a number of dental practices and affiliated companies (the Savani Group) involved in visa fraud, healthcare fraud, wire fraud involving federal tax evasion and money laundering.
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Six of them have been charged with being part of a racketeer-influenced corrupt organization (RICO) because of their role in the Savani group, and three others have been charged with obstructing justice, according to the US Justice Department press release released on Wednesday.
Bhaskar Savani, 57, and Niranjan Savani, 51, of Pennsylvania and both licensed dentists, owned and controlled the Savani Group dental practices.
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Arun Savani, 55, owned and managed the Savani Group companies and was responsible for Savani Group’s financial affairs, the press release said.
The three brothers – Bhaskar, Niranjan and Arun – allegedly conspired to recruit foreign workers for US work visas while concealing the true job titles and responsibilities of the workers.
The three made their first court appearance on January 20.
Sunil Philip, 57, was external accountant for Savani Group and personal accountant of Bhaskar, Arun and Niranjan.
Philip, along with Bhaskar, Arun and Niranjan, was allegedly involved in a wire fraud scheme to avoid federal taxes, federal prosecutors have charged, sources said.
Amen Dhyllon, 44, was a board-certified dentist for the Savani Group. Aleksandra Radomiak, 45, was an associate and practice manager at Savani Group.
Dhyllon and Radomiak, along with Bhaskar, Arun and Niranjan, allegedly ran a program to use nominated dental practice owners “on paper” to obtain and continue to benefit from Medicaid contracts after managed-care company Pennsylvania awarded Medicaid the Savani Group dental practices had canceled contracts, they claimed.
Jon Julian, 70, of South Carolina, was a chartered dentist for the Savani Group.
Along with Bhaskar and Niranjan, Julian is said to have conspired to bring counterfeit and mislabeled dental equipment onto US trade.
Vivek Savani, 35, Bharatkumar Parasana, 55, and Hiteshkumar Goyani, 39, and Piyusha Patel, 41, of Ankenny, Iowa, were employed under the H1B visa program under the guise of serving in specialty jobs for the Savani Group, but practiced actually an office of support roles for Savani Group’s dental practices, the Justice Department said.
Susan Malpartida, 27, was serving in an office support role and allegedly obstructed the investigation when she made false statements about the job role of a Savani Group employee, she added.
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