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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

An Indian-origin doctor couple has been found guilty of a health care fraud worth $2.5 in Maryland, United States.

The couple, Paramjit Singh Ajrawat, 60 and his wife Sukhveen Kaur Ajrawat, 57 were convicted by a federal jury for being involved in a scheme to defraud federal health benefit programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE. Paramjit is a licenced physician in Maryland who specializes in interventional pain management, while his wife is a psychiatrist. They are also one of the prominent Khalistani leaders of USA.

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According to prosecutors, the Ajrawats swindled the US government out of at least $2.5 million. The couple was also found accountable for wire fraud, obstruction of justice and aggravated identity theft, according to a Washington news website, CBS Local.

Prosecutors said that the Ajrawats filed claims for procedures that were either not performed at their pain management clinic or were less expensive.

The US authorities indicted Ajrawats in June 2014 and they may face a maximum of 10 years in prison. The sentencing is due for February 1 next year.

(With Inputs from IANS)

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US Dollar Weakens Amid Gloomy Economic Data

The Australian dollar rose to $0.7105 from $0.7094.

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The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, fell 0.15 per cent at 96.9817 in late trading. Pixabay

The US dollar declined as the allure of the greenback diminished amid a slew of downbeat economic data.

In late New York trading on Thursday, the euro rose to $1.1299 from $1.1269 in the previous session, and the British pound decreased to $1.2801 from $1.2850 in the previous session, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Australian dollar rose to $0.7105 from $0.7094.

The US dollar bought 110.47 Japanese yen, lower than 110.99 Japanese yen of the previous session. The US dollar was down to 1.0047 Swiss franc from 1.0088 Swiss franc, and it increased to 1.3281 Canadian dollars from 1.3250 Canadian dollars.

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The Australian dollar rose to $0.7105 from $0.7094. Pixabay

US retail sales in December fell 1.2 per cent from the prior month, the worst drop in nine years, the Commerce Department reported on Thursday.

The unexpected decline, which came after a downwardly revised 0.1 per cent increase in November, signals a weaker economic momentum.

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The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, fell 0.15 per cent at 96.9817 in late trading. (IANS)

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