Newsletter #110 – All in the Family

On February 22, 2014, The Tennessean reported that Nashville psychiatrist Dr. A K Fakhruddin, closed his practice and surrendered his medical license to the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners.

“The board disciplined Fakhruddin after the Tennessee Attorney General investigated him for submitting claims to TennCare that were not backed up by medical records.”

That sounds like a nice way of saying he committed medical insurance fraud.

The settlement agreement also requires him to reimburse the state $325,758.  While the typically Islamist-apologist Tennessean downplayed Fakhruddin’s fraud, NPR reported that over a three year period, he defrauded TennCare by “nearly a million dollars.”

Fakhruddin of course, denies any wrongdoing.

Two days later on February 24, 2014, a picture of Dr. Fakhruddin’s wife Ziaun with Betty Werthan, who married into Werthan Packaging,Inc family, taken during the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM) mosque visit to Rabbi Schiftan’s synagogue, The Temple.

“They held hands. They shared a meal. They laughed and joked.”  Maybe while they were holding hands, Ziaun shared the story of her husband’s crime with her new friend.  Maybe Betty had already read about in the newspaper.

Or, maybe Ziaun told Betty about her son, Rashed Fakhruddin, now vice-chair of the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC).  Originally from Bangladesh, Rashed grew up in Nashville and attended high school there.  Along with Awadh Binhazim, (the Vandebilt MSA chaplain who confirmed Islam’s capital punishment for homosexuality, here and here), Fakhruddin served on the Shura Council.

The Shura is a council of men in the community who act essentially as an informal “court” to carry out Sharia law.  Fakhruddin also served as the President of the Islamic Center of Nashville Board from 2003-05. Rashed is reported to work for NES as a Senior Engineer in System Protection and Communications.

So, how far does the accused Dr. Fakhruddin’s apple fall from the tree?