NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


July 24, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

MONTGOMERY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MISREPRESENTING HIMSELF AS A DOCTOR

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Ahmad Alvi, a Montgomery County medical technician who has never been licensed to practice medicine in Maryland, pleaded guilty to misrepresenting himself to be a doctor practicing medicine in Montgomery County. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge P. Warren Donohue sentenced Alvi to nine months in jail, all suspended, nine months probation and 100 hours of community service.

On July 19, 1996, Alvi and his wife appeared for the purpose of settlement on a house in Fairfax, Virginia. A Maryland title company handled the settlement. The mortgage amount was $204,250. At settlement, Alvi signed federal income tax forms prepared specifically for the settlement. For tax years 1994 and 1995, Alvi signed tax forms that, next to his signature, list his occupation as a "doctor." Two additional forms submitted by Alvi at settlement list Alvi's occupation as a "doctor" who owns Optimum Care Medical Center in Gaithersburg. The tax forms submitted to obtain the mortgage show his income as $72,484 and $74,575 for the tax years 1994 and 1995, respectively. In addition, Alvi signed a Uniform Residential Loan Application that similarly listed his occupation as "doctor" and reported over $70,000 yearly income for him as a doctor in 1996. The forms signed at settlement were sent to DHC Title's office in Silver Spring, Maryland and were considered and reviewed there, before the mortgage was approved.

Alvi has never been licensed as a doctor in the State of Maryland or anywhere in the United States and has never owned a medical clinic in Maryland.

The case was prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office as a matter related to another Medicaid fraud investigation.

###