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May 21, 2021
LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has charged a West Bloomfield doctor with several crimes, including insurance fraud, for allegedly dispensing and billing insurers for prescriptions without the proper license.
The case is the result of collaboration between the Michigan Department of Attorney General and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Fraud Investigation Unit.
Dr. Namir Zukkoor, 71, was arraigned today in the 46th District Court on the following charges:
- conducting a criminal enterprise, a 20 -year felony;
- two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, a four-year felony;
- two counts of false pretenses $1,000 to $20,000, a five-year felony;
- operating a pharmacy without a license, a four-year felony; and
- insurance fraud, a four-year felony.
The charges stem from Dr. Zukkoor's business, VCC Services, PLLC (VCC).
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VCC has never had a drug control license to dispense prescription drugs nor a controlled substance license to distribute drugs on schedules two through five.
Dr. Zukkoor is also accused of billing insurance companies for services he was not legally authorized to provide.
"Our state's licensing laws are in place to protect patients and ensure those responsible for prescribing medications are doing so in a legal and ethical manner," Nessel said. "My office will continue to work with DIFS to enforce Michigan regulations and hold accountable those who attempt to violate our laws."
"The DIFS Fraud Investigation Unit is committed to working with the Attorney General to root out these bad actors to benefit all Michiganders," said DIFS Director Anita Fox. "Insurance fraud, such as what was involved in this prescription drug scheme, drives up insurance costs for all Michiganders. If you suspect insurance fraud, report it to DIFS online or by calling 877-999-6442."
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The magistrate who arraigned Dr. Zukkoor Friday found he is not a flight risk, and his bond was set at $10,000 personal recognizance with conditions:
- he must surrender his passport;
- no travel without prior court approval; and
- he cannot dispense prescriptions or controlled substances.
Dr. Zukkoor will be back in court June 2 at 1:30 PM before a Judge Shelia Johnson.
The DIFS Fraud Investigation Unit investigates criminal and fraudulent activity related to the insurance and financial markets and works with the Attorney General and law enforcement to prosecute these crimes. Suspected insurance fraud can be reported to DIFS safely, easily and, in most cases, anonymously by calling 877-999-6442 or online by visiting the department's website.
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