- 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 (over R421 million) fraud case.
In a report sighted by Briefly.co.za 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 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.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that The Queen is set to write off an actor out of the show after he allegedly made inappropriate advances on his colleagues.
Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela took to Twitter on Wednesday, 23 December to share that the popular soapie is about to drop the male character. Phil welcomed the step taken by Ferguson Films against the unnamed actor. He wrote:
"WORD IS: The Queen to drop actor. The murmur is that Mzansi Magic telenovela will be writing (or has written) an actor out of the show following some inappropriate advances on his colleagues. This is a welcomed & encouraging step taken by Ferguson Films. Change the culture!"
The viewers of the show produced by power couple, Shona and Connie Ferguson, have shared mixed reactions to Phil's post.
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