ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A foreign exchange student from Kazakhstan has pleaded guilty to creating fake companies to defraud the Medicare program.
Kamoliddin Akramov, 21, pled guilty to one felony count conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program.
According to court documents, Akramov, a citizen of Kazakhstan, was in the United States on a J1 visa during the summer of 2010 and 2011 when he set up fake front companies in the St. Louis area, Tennessee and California.
Officials said he rented mail boxes at UPS stores and other commercial mailbox companies and opened bank accounts for the false front companies.
Authorities said Akramov used stolen identities of multiple medical doctors to submit thousands of reimbursement claims to the Medicare Program for non-rendered services. The doctors were not affiliated with the false front companies and did not know the companies existed, according to officials.
Akramov's sentencing is set for August 7. He faces up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.