MACOMB - Rebecca Neese fanned herself with her hand and stifled her sobs while she waited.
By 2 p.m. Wednesday, the preliminary hearing for Dr. Khaled Dabash, 44, and his nurse, Neese, 30, of Camden, got under way before Circuit Court Judge John Clerkin.
FBI agent Charles Tawelko, a specialist in white-collar crime investigations, testified that the investigation began with an anonymous tip to the Department of Public Aid.
Later, an interview with Monica G. Crim, a nurse practitioner, revealed that Dabash had asked Crim in 2001 to fill in for him while he was away. When Crim asked whether there would be a physician to "cover" for Dabash, Dabash said no. A physician who "covers" for another doctor sees patients and oversees the work of nurse practitioners. Crim refused to work without cover, stating that she wasn't allowed to work unsupervised. Dabash then arranged for another physician to supervise Crim's work.
Terry Haffner, who worked as a biller for Dabash from January 2004 until last month, told investigators that Dabash wanted nurse visits to be billed at the more expensive doctor visit rate. Haffner refused to do that.
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[Macomb Daily Journal,IL]