Accused Pittsford psychiatrist appears to still be practicing as patients leave
Pittsford, N.Y. (13WHAM) - A call to Dr. Muhammad Cheema's Pittsford practice on Tuesday indicated he's still open, and trying to see patients, as he faces healthcare fraud allegations.
A voicemail message can be heard saying, "Dr. Cheema is doing business as usual. He will see you at your next appointment."
Shortly after the initial healthcare fraud allegations, more federal documents showed feds had begun trying to seize Cheema's Pittsford home, two cars, and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Meanwhile, some former patients say they're struggling to find new doctors.
13WHAM spoke to a patient who was supposed to see Dr. Cheema the week he was accused in federal court documents. On Tuesday, she says she's gone weeks without medications she's come to rely on.
"It’s challenging, it’s very challenging," the former patient said. "My lack of focus, concentration, able to complete things, just my everyday life and home balance is so out of whack."
She says trying to find a new doctor has been tough, and she's often missing work to try and find a new provider. She admits she's now weary trusting others with her health.
"What do you do? How do you do your due diligence and find the right provider for you?" she asked. "It’s such a trust issue. I think that will scar me for life. You don’t know who’s in front of you."
13WHAM did reach out to Dr. Cheema for comment and did not hear back. We also spoke to Cheema's attorney who declined to comment on the case and the status of Cheema's practice.
Cheema is scheduled to appear in federal court Sept. 25.