The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 24, 2013

UPDATE: Local doctor and father of school shooter will remain jailed until transfer

— The Madison doctor whose child was convicted of murdering a fellow middle school student in 2010 has been arrested for alleged Medicaid fraud and will remain jailed in Madison County until he appears in Montgomery County.

Iqbal Ahmed Memon, 51, who used to practice in Athens, is accused of stealing more than $7,000 from the Alabama Medicaid Agency. He was already facing a charge of first-degree hindering prosecution, a misdemeanor, after authorities said he misled them when his son, Hammad Memon, attempted to leave the country last year, two months before his murder trial was scheduled to begin June 17.

Madison County Jail records show Memon was arrested today by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department on a instate detainer from Montgomery County in connection with the fraud charges brought by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

Although bail was set at $10,000, Memon cannot be released until he is transported to Montgomery County, a jailer said

Memon’s booking slip does not list the name of his attorney, though the jailer said the jail has received legal inquiries into the process for bailing him out.

Attorney General Luther Strange’s office presented evidence to a Montgomery County grand jury during its June 2013 term, resulting in Memon’s indictment for fraud. Specifically, the indictment charges Memon with two counts of first-degree theft of property, a Class B felony.

If convicted, Memon faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $60,000 for each of the two counts.

The attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated Memon after a referral from the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Program Integrity Division. The unit’s director, Assistant Attorney General Bruce Lieberman, is prosecuting the case.

No further information about the investigation or about Memon’s alleged crimes, other than that stated in the indictment may be released at this time, the attorney general said.