A New Jersey doctor has admitted participating in a health care fraud scheme to defraud Amtrak.

U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger's office says on Wednesday, 50-year-old Muhammad Mirza of Cedar Grove, Essex County, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

According to court documents, from April 2017 through June 2022, Mirza and his conspirators agreed to engage in a scheme to bill the Amtrak health care plan for fraudulent claims for services that either were never provided or were medically unnecessary.

They would recruit Amtrak employees to participate in the scheme by paying them to allow the conspirators to use their patient and insurance information to submit false and fraudulent claims.

Mirza and his conspirators submitted false and fraudulent claims that caused Amtrak losses of more than $1.3 million.

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The charge of conspiracy to commit health care fraud carries up to a decade behind bars and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 13th.

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