US-based Ghanaian surgeon charged for allegedly stealing $26m ‘possibly to finance presidential ambitions’
Theghanareport.com has learned, Florida-based Ghanaian surgeon Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson has been indicted for allegedly falsifying $26m in claims from private health insurers and the US government.
US federal authorities have pointed out, in a 58-count indictment, that Dr. deGraft-Johnson made claims, in some cases, for no work done.
The authorities have doubted his claim to have performed within five years, more than 3,600 medical procedures to ease blood flow through the arteries.
The UK DailyMail news website has reported federal authorities also say he never performed angioplasties, which is a procedure to restore blood flow through narrow or blocked arteries, but has made claims for payments.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles A. Stampelos denied deGraft-Johnson bail after prosecutors said he was a flight risk.
Documents filed in the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida asserted the doctor had political ambitions in Ghana and could, therefore, flee the jurisdiction.
It said deGraft-Johnson had an “ultimate long-term professional goal” to become the president of Ghana.
Authorities noted that the accused was related to Dr. Joseph William Swain de Graft-Johnson who was Ghana’s first vice-president from 1979 to 1981 in the Limann administration.
To buttress their case that the accused is a flight risk, the US Attorney’s Office claimed they found, the doctor had transferred at least $1.8million to Ghana.
Federal authorities said Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson had “been hard at work using the proceeds of fraud in the United States to establish an empire in a foreign country.”
William Bubsey who represented the doctor during the detention hearings on Friday called his client a “wonderful doctor” and pledged to “defend him vigorously.”
Bubsey rejected the US government’s claims and argued that whatever monies he wired to Ghana was to help the poor and not to enrich himself.
The trial has been slated to start March 23.
Dr. Moses D. Degraft-Johnson is a thoracic surgeon in Tallahassee, Florida. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years.