Dearbornistan Pharmacist, Halal Restaurateur, Out on 10-K Bond

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A series of raids took place months after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at his Sonic drive-through restaurant certified by Islamic authorities as "halal." On Sunday, U.S. federal authorities released Fakih on a $10,000 recognizance bond in federal court for the $1.2 million fraud case against him. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted. (Creeping Sharia photo)

Creeping Sharia – A Dearborn pharmacist, hailed earlier this year for opening the nation’s first halal-certified Sonic Drive-In restaurant, cheated Medicare and Medicaid by charging for medication prescribed to dead people, according to federal prosecutors.

Trudell Pharmacy owner Haytham “Tom” Fakih also committed health care fraud by billing for expensive medication that was not dispensed to patients, prosecutors alleged in a criminal complaint filed against the pharmacist in federal court Sunday. In all, the fraud cost more than $1.2 million, authorities allege.

Fakih, 53, is the latest in a string of local doctorsbusinessmen and medical professionals facing criminal charges related to health care fraud that have totaled more than $800 million in recent years.

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