Two Dallas-area physicians and four other healthcare workers have been indicted for allegedly participating in a $13.4 million Medicare fraud scheme involving home health services, according to the FBI.
The two doctors — Dr. Angel Claudio, 60, of Hood County, Texas, and Dr. Kelly Robinett, 66, of Denton County, Texas — have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The four health care workers — Patience Okoroji, 57, of Dallas County; Usani Ewah, 58, of Dallas County; Kingsley Nwanguma, 45, of Dallas County; and Joy Ogwuegbu, 39, of Collin County, Texas — have also been charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Claudio is employed by Texas Medical Housecalls of Dallas; Robinett is the owner of Boomer Housecalls in Frisco, Texas.
In addition, the six defendants each face several counts of health care fraud: Robinett and Nwanguma face three counts, Claudio is charged with two counts, Okoroji and Ewah with five counts each and Ogwuegbu with four counts.
According to the indictment, from January 2007 until September 2015, the defendants allegedly conspired to defraud Medicare by filing fraudulent claims for home health services for patients that were either not under their care or who did not qualify for those services. In addition, Okoroji and Ewah are accused of paying recruiters, including Nwanguma, for finding home health services beneficiaries, even those beneficiaries were unqualified to receive home health services.
Okoroji, Ewah and Ogwuegbu are also accused of preparing false Medicare claims that purportedly stated the beneficiaries qualified for home health services when they did not.
The indictment alleges that the six defendants billed Medicare a total of $13.4 million based on fraudulent home health services claims that were signed by Robinett and Claudio as well as other doctors.
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