Let’s find out Who Is Mujahid Pervaiz | why Is He Being Handed Over To America? According to US court documents, Mujahid Pervez was found involved in fraud with Medicaid in 1991.
Who Is Mujahid Pervaiz | why Is He Being Handed Over To America?
The federal cabinet has approved the extradition of Mujahid Pervez, a Pakistani-American, to the United States. This was announced by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry in a press conference after the cabinet meeting.
Mujahid Pervez, a Pakistani-American, is wanted by the United States in a 30 million fraud.
He arrived in Pakistan in 2012 after legal action was taken against him in the United States, but was arrested in Islamabad after a red warrant was issued by the United States. In May last year, the Islamabad High Court granted bail to Mujahid Pervez.
Mujahid Pervez, 72, also known as Peter Pervez, ran his own medical store in the United States. He was accused of embezzling millions of dollars from the US government program Medicaid through fake medical bills of his pharmacies.
Why is Mujahid Pervaiz Being Handed Over To America?
According to US court documents, he was involved in an alleged fraud with Medicaid in 1991, after which his pharmacy license was suspended and his medical stores were excluded from the Medicaid program.
Medicaid is a US government program that pays for medicines of eligible citizens directly to stores based on patient bills.
According to documents, after Medicaid banned him from running a pharmaceutical business, he allegedly re-opened 11 pharmacies in New York and Long Island in his son’s name.
These pharmacies were accused of receiving bills from the state exchequer for which patients were not given any medicines.
But was given some cash to many patients and expensive prescriptions were taken from them so that on their basis to be recovered from the government.
In May 2012, Special Assistant Attorney General Christopher Shah investigated the accused in the presence of his lawyer and informed him that criminal charges were being investigated against him.
However, in September 2012, he arrived in Pakistan from the United States.
In June 2013, a US court issued a warrant for his arrest, and since he had left the United States, a red warrant was issued for him with the help of the US Department of Justice and Interpol, and the Pakistani government was contacted.
Mujahid Pervez resided in the United States from 1972 to 2012.
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Pakistan and the United States had an extradition treaty, so warrants were issued for his arrest by the Deputy Commissioner’s Islamabad office and the accused was arrested in October 2015.
In the inquiry of the Chief Commissioner, Mujahid Pervez has denied all the allegations. The United States had demanded the extradition of Mujahid Pervez through the State Department.
The United States had requested that the accused be remanded in custody until extradition, but under Section 12 of the Extradition Act, 1972, an accused had to be extradited within two months.
Therefore, after four and a half years of detention, the Islamabad High Court had granted him bail in May last year and he could not be extradited to the United States due to the Corona epidemic.
His extradition to the United States also required federal cabinet approval, which has now been granted.