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Ghanaian-American heart surgeon who saved 50 Cent jailed 7 years

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Ghanaian-American heart surgeon who saved 50 Cent jailed 7 years
Written by The Hatman

Ghanaian-American heart surgeon who saved 50 Cent jailed 7 years

Moses deGraft-Johnson is a heart surgeon who helped rapper 50 Cent save his life.

In the 1980s, he and his family relocated from Ghana to the United States.

Moses deGraft-Johnson, a Ghanaian-born physician who immigrated to the United States as a kid and grew to prominence in the medical field, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

According to a Tallahassee Democrat story seen by GhanaWeb, deGraft-Johnson was a jet-setting heart surgeon who got away with millions of dollars for medical procedures he never performed.

According to the source, Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, who delivered the punishment on Thursday, November 18 at the federal courtroom in Tallahassee, ordered the accused to pay $28.4 million.

According to the newspaper, Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, who delivered the sentence on Thursday, November 18 at the federal courthouse in Tallahassee, ordered the accused to pay $28.4 million in restitution – the same amount he bilked from the government and private insurers.

Moses deGraft-Johnson was charged with 58 charges of healthcare fraud in February 2020. He was accused of defrauding Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and others by billing for costly operations that he never performed on his low-income patients.

According to the newspaper, federal authorities claimed he allegedly exposed his patients to unnecessary angiograms, a diagnostic procedure that requires an injection.

Judge Walker then determined that although deGraft-Johnson conducted such treatments, the risk of injury to patients was negligible.

According to federal guidelines in the United States, deGraft-Johnson faced a sentence of 22 to 27 years in prison, plus an additional two years. Prosecutors, on the other hand, argued he merited a deviation from the guidelines.

Judge Walker concurred. He said that the accused was collaborating with the authorities, as well as his alleged spotless record and the “collateral harm” he and his family had already suffered.

When Moses deGraft-Johnson was arrested in 2020, he pleaded guilty and relinquished his medical licenses. The court ordered him to liquidate his valuable properties in New York City, the Hamptons, and Miami.

DeGraft-Johnson told the court that his children have struggled in school since his arrest.

“I struggled with this situation,” Walker admitted. “There are undeniably major aggravators in this instance, including the length of the fraud and the magnitude of the crime.” There’s simply no way around it.”

On the final day in court, the accused who was in handcuffs and leg shackles, acknowledged his guilt as he stood before Judge Walker while delivering his judgement. He said he could not, however, offer an explanation for what he did.

“I take full responsibility,” he said. “I did wrong. All I can say is I’m very sorry. Somehow I took a detour and ended up where I am.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Moses deGraft-Johnson performed hundreds of “unnecessary and invasive” procedures for nearly four years and created false and misleading medical records that could cause other doctors to pursue a “mistaken course of medical treatment.”

On the final day of court, the accused, who was in handcuffs and leg shackles, accepted his guilt as Judge Walker delivered his verdict. He stated, however, that he was unable to provide an explanation for what he did.

“I accept whole responsibility,” he stated. “I made a mistake. All I can say is that I’m deeply sorry. I took a wrong turn and ended up where I am.”

According to the US Attorney’s Office, Moses deGraft-Johnson performed hundreds of “unnecessary and invasive” surgeries over a nearly four-year period and fabricated fake and deceptive medical records that could encourage other doctors to pursue a “misguided course of medical treatment.”

“This physician compromised the health and safety of his patients in favour of illegal profit,” Acting U.S. Attorney Jason Coody said in a prepared statement. “His acts not only violated the law, but the trust of his patients.”

Concerning the DeGraft-Johnsons

The accused, Moses DeGraft-Johnson, and his family, who had distant ties to Ghana, departed the West African country in the 1980s and lived in Texas.

His parents were preachers, and two of his three siblings became doctors, with the third becoming a nurse, according to his lawyer, Mark O’Mara of Orlando, in recent court filings.

The accused is accused of performing the first open-heart surgery in the Virgin Islands and allegedly saving the life of rapper 50 Cent after he was shot in New York City in 2000. In 2014, he joined the Capital Regional Medical Center team as an independent doctor and launched his own practice, the Heart and Vascular Center of North Florida.

Ghanaian-American heart surgeon who saved 50 Cent jailed 7 years

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The Hatman

Zack Agon popularly known as The Hatman, is a song writer, blogger, teacher and a business man. Zack is the CEO of Wordswar Technology & Investment, Inc. and the owner of Ghanalegendary.com and has passion for blogging just about every interesting topic. Get in touch with the number one Ghanaian promoter on +233244047835 or +233246187160

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