- A Ghanaian doctor has been busted by authorities in USA over medical fraud
- Dr Moses deGraft-Johnson is said to have duped patients to the tune of $29 million
- He is credited as the surgeon who saved the life of rapper 50 Cent after he was shot multiple times in 2000
Ghanaian Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson, a cardiovascular surgeon who is credited for operating on American rapper 50 Cent has been caught in a $29 million fraud case.
In a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on news.yahoo.com, it was said that Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson sought out patients in poor communities to swindle and defraud for his own personal gain.
It is also reported that the Ghanaian cardiovascular surgeon has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges brought against him.
DeGraft-Johnson is credited for saving the life of 50 Cent known in real life as Curtis James Jackson III who was brought to his trauma ward in 2000 with gunshot wounds.
Dr deGraft-Johnson was indicted on February 4, 2020, on numerous counts of healthcare fraud and accused of billing Capital Health Plan, Medicare, and others for procedures he never performed.
It is estimated that Dr deGraft-Johnson was paid at least $29 million (GHC 170,375,000) fraudulently by these healthcare schemes.
Reports have it that he used such monies to fund a lavish lifestyle and also run his businesses.
On Friday, December 18, 2020, deGraft-Johnson pleaded guilty to 56 counts of health-care fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office reported that deGraft-Johnson's modus operandi was to use churches, nursing homes, and hospitals to find vulnerable victims.
He took the patients through invasive and unnecessary procedures so as to get paid for such.
After seeing his name being associated with Dr deGraft-Johnson's case, 50 Cent took to Twitter to share his reaction.
If court proceedings do not go his way, Dr deGraft-Johnson may face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each of the fraud and conspiracy counts and fined hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
He case would be heard for that last time on April 8, 2021 at the U.S. Courthouse in Tallahassee where a sentence would be conferred on him.
Moving away from fraud into education, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a young lady believed to have completed junior high school after successfully writing her Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) has been spotted crying in a video.
Information picked up from the video has it that the young lady went to check her BECE results and was surprised and displeased with the results she was seeing.
As the result slip was shown to her, she burst out into uncontrollable tears out of disbelief and claimed she wrote the papers well enough to deserve higher grades.
The young lady stood her ground even as people tried to calm her down and insisted she performed better than the grades she was seeing on her slip.
According to the conversation, the young lady scored Aggregate 20 but she claimed there might have been some mix-up somewhere.
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