Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over Medicare Fraud

United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California

February 17, 2011


SIX LOS ANGELES-AREA DEFENDANTS INDICTED FOR SUBMITTING NEARLY $30 MILLION IN FRAUDULENT BILLS TO MEDICARE

LOS ANGELES – As part of a nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud, six local defendants were arrested today on charges of submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare, mostly for electric wheelchairs that were never delivered.

DOJ SealThree indictments charging six defendants were unsealed today in United States District Court in Los Angeles. The local charges are among cases filed in nine cities across the United States that charge a total of 111 defendants, who cumulatively are accused of being involved in nearly a quarter billion dollars worth of false billings submitted to Medicare.

The Southland defendants arrested today are:

Camillus Ehigie, 50, of Woodland Hills;

Evans Oniha, 48, of Rancho Palos Verdes, who self-surrendered this morning;

Charles Achike Agbu, 56, of Carson;

Obageli Brooke Agbu, who is Charles Agbu's daughter, 24, of Carson;

Joseph Ofoegbu, 58, Gardena; and

Sarah Hua, 64, of Monterey Par, who self-surrender this morning.

The six defendants are expected to be arraigned on the health care fraud charges this afternoon in federal court in downtown Los Angeles, with the exception of Ehigie who is being treated for an undisclosed medical condition.

Over the course of nine years, Camillus Ehige and Evans Oniha allegedly submitted more than $16 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare for durable medical equipment and in-home nursing services that typically were not provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

Ehige and Oniha were the owner/operators of Caravan Medical Supplies in Culver City and Prosperity Home Health Services in Lawndale. Ehige owned and operated Osbed Medical Supply in Woodland Hills. Ehige and Oniha were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and several substantive counts of health care fraud for billing the Medicare program for durable medical equipment and home health services that were not medically necessary and, in many instances, not even provided. Ehige and Oniha allegedly paid "marketers" for access to Medicare beneficiary information or to have Medicare beneficiaries obtain fraudulent prescriptions for equipment or services. Ehigie and Oniha were also charged with making a false statement in a health care matter, and Ehigie was charged with obstructing an investigation into a healthcare offense for instructing a co-conspirator to lie to law enforcement agents about the scheme run out of Caravan, Osbed, and Prosperity.

In the second case, Charles Achike Agbu and his daughter, Obageli Brooke Agbu, were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and several counts of health care fraud for submitting fraudulent claims for durable medical equipment through their Carson companies. Charles Agbu owned and operated Bonfee, Inc. and Obageli owned and operated Ibon, Inc. The indictment alleges that the Agbus billed Medicare for durable medical equipment, such as electric wheelchairs and orthotics, that was not needed, wanted, or even delivered to the Medicare beneficiaries for whom the bills were submitted. As part of the scheme, the Agbus allegedly obtained prescriptions from doctors for the medically unnecessary equipment and then used those prescriptions, along with the Medicare beneficiary information, to submit fraudulent claims to the Medicare program. Bonfee and Ibon allegedly submitted to Medicare a total of approximately $12 million in fraudulent bills for durable medical equipment.

Joseph Ofoegbu, the owner and operator of Iyke Associates in Torrance, and Sarah Hua, a marketer who procured beneficiaries for Ofoegbu, were charged with three counts of health care fraud for submitting fraudulent claims for reimbursement for motorized wheelchairs. The indictment alleges that Ofoegbu used marketers, including Hua, to recruit beneficiaries who were then seen by physicians who prescribed medically unnecessary durable medical equipment. The prescriptions were sent to Iyke Associates, which fraudulently billed Medicare using those prescriptions. According to the indictment, the beneficiaries either did not receive the equipment or they received less expensive equipment than the items Iyke billed to Medicare. Iyke billed a total of approximately $1.5 million in claims for DME it purported to provide to Medicare beneficiaries.

In announcing the nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud today, Attorney General Eric Holder said: "With this takedown, we have identified and shut down large-scale fraud schemes operating throughout the country. We have safeguarded precious taxpayer dollars. And we have helped to protect our nation's most essential health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid. As today's arrests prove, we are waging an aggressive fight against health care fraud."

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations are part of the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a joint initiative announced in May 2009 between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services to focus their efforts to prevent and deter fraud and enforce current anti-fraud laws around the country.

"Today's actions show that we will not tolerate criminals who pay kickbacks for referrals of Medicare business or who will bill for services that were medically unnecessary," said Glenn R. Ferry, the Los Angeles Region's Special Agent in Charge for the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. "These actions are part of a coordinated, nationwide sweep in our continuing battle against greedy criminals who profit from exploiting federal health care programs."

Tony Sidley, Senior Special Agent in Charge for the California Department of Justice, stated: "The California Attorney General's Office is committed to fight fraud against the state Medi-Cal program. CAL DOJ has supported the HEAT initiative from its inception in the Los Angeles region. Today's operation is another example of a successful and coordinated effort to fight Health Care Fraud in Los Angeles."

An indictment merely contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.

The Strike Force cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; and the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Medical Fraud and Elder Abuse.



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Re: Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over Medicare Fraud
Bill Carson posted on 02-22-2011, 17:37:58 PM
First Lady,

Did you notice that the alleged criminals live in CARSON?…..
Re: Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over Medicare Fraud
First-lady posted on 02-22-2011, 17:39:04 PM
Isaac Arowosaye of Be Kind Health Care Services Inc. charged with $5 million in Medicaid fraud
MONDAY, 26 APRIL 2010 15:01

The owner of a home health care agency in Orange was arrested Monday on charges he submitted a false application to become a Medicaid provider and fraudulently billed Medicaid for $5 million in services that were never rendered or were authorized with forged physician signatures.

Olasehmdeme "Isaac" Arowosaye, 53, of West Orange, the operator of Be Kind Health Care Services Inc., was charged with second-degree health care claims fraud, third-degree Medicaid fraud and third-degree tampering with public records, according to state Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza Dagli,

Arowosaye was arrested as the result of a cooperative investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor and the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.

Investigators arrested Arowosaye near his home. They also executed a search warrant and seized records at the offices of Be Kind Health Care Services at 289 Reynolds Terrace. He is being held in the Essex County Jail in Newark in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Be Kind Health Care Services is owned by Arowosaye. The company employs personal care assistants to provide services such as bathing, medical care and assistance with everyday activities to incapacitated patients in their homes.

Be Kind Health Care Services billed Medicaid a total of $4,970,359 for services purportedly rendered between July 2005 and July 2008. However, the investigation revealed that Arowosaye, who is CEO of the company, and Be Kind Health Care Services allegedly billed Medicaid for services that were never rendered, as well as services that were not medically necessary and were authorized by Medicaid based on forged documents.

"We charge that this defendant, through his home health care company, repeatedly submitted fraudulent claims to Medicaid, including bills for patients who were deceased or in the hospital at the time he claimed to have provided them services in their homes," state Attorney General Paula T. Dow said. "We have zero tolerance for Medicaid fraud, which costs New Jersey's Medicaid program, and the state and federal taxpayers who fund it, millions of dollars every year."

The investigation began when the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General conducted an audit of Medicaid claims submitted by Be Kind Health Care Services and discovered numerous discrepancies. The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General commenced a full investigation and also referred the matter to the Division of Criminal Justice.

It is alleged that Be Kind Health Care Services billed Medicaid for at least a dozen patients who, in fact, were dead when the services were purportedly rendered. The company also allegedly billed Medicaid for about 30 patients who were in hospitals at the time the company claimed to have provided services. While patients are hospitalized, hospital nurses provide all of their care.

It is also alleged that Be Kind Health Care Services allegedly forged the signatures of a number of doctors on Medicaid forms to make it appear that the doctors authorized services provided by the company. As a result, Be Kind Health Care Services allegedly obtained payment for services which had not actually been authorized by a physician as required by the Medicaid program.

In addition, it is alleged that Be Kind Health Care Services became a Medicaid provider as a result of an application submitted by Arowosaye in 2005 in which he used a false identity and gave other false information. It is alleged that all of the nearly $5 million in payments that Be Kind Health Care Services received from Medicaid were obtained by fraud, because Arowosaye gave a false answer to a material question on the application that, if answered truthfully, would have prevented the company from being approved as a Medicaid provider.

The state will seek full restitution from the company and Arowosaye. The Division of Criminal Justice filed an asset forfeiture case Monday seeking to seize assets of Arowosaye.

"This office simply will not tolerate somebody seeking to game the system as Mr. Arowosaye tried to do,'' Medicaid Inspector General Mark Anderson said. "Today is a good example of how working with our state partners will improve the integrity of the Medicaid Program and protect precious state dollars."

"Every dollar lost to fraud is one less dollar available to provide much-needed health care services and medicines to residents who otherwise could not afford them," Dagli said. "We will continue to work cooperatively with the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General to aggressively investigate and prosecute Medicaid fraud."

The investigation was conducted and coordinated for OIFP's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit by Sgt. Warren Monroe, Deputy Attorney Debra Conrad, and Deputy Attorney General Erik Daab. Deputy Attorney General Carol Stanton Meier, Detective Sgt. Scott Naismyth and Analyst Bethany Schussler are handling the asset forfeiture action for the Division of Criminal Justice.

Second-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison and a criminal fine of $150,000. Third-degree Medicaid fraud carries a maximum sentence of three years in state prison and a criminal fine of $10,000. Third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $75,000 fine.

Because the charges are indictable offenses, the allegations must be presented to a state grand jury for potential indictment.

- TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

here (http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/isaac-arowosaye-of-be-kind-health-care-services-inc-charged-with-5-million-in-medicaid-fraud)

Just type in Nigerian medicare fraud,they full everywhere
tufia
Re: Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over Medicare Fraud
First-lady posted on 02-22-2011, 17:46:17 PM
QUOTE:
Many US-based Nigerian professionals are concerned that such developments like this Texas Medicaid fraud continue to stain the mostly good records of Nigerians in this country.

One of them, who is also a public commentator, Professor Bolaji Aluko said he expects the Nigerian government to fully cooperate with FBI authorities in bringing to justice those who might have escaped into Nigeria.

Said he, \"we cannot allow Nigeria to be a haven for run-away suspected/confirmed criminals - that would not be consistent with the budding \"Heart of Africa\" project being launched around the world by the Nigerian government.\"


Specifically, the suspected criminals used about 32 companies in the state to falsely make phoney medical financial and supply claims that did not exist. Throught the Medicaid system, these firms took money from the state of Texas for adult diapers, wheelchairs, and other medical supplies that were never delivered. According to the indictments, the suspects accepted reimbursements, based on billings for supplies that were never delivered to patients as was meant to be.

For instance, one of the Nigerians whose arrest was prominent and recorded on video, currently available on the internet and shown around the world is Ededem Edem. He has been indicted by a Harris County(equivalent of a local government area) grand jury on Nov. 27, 2006, for second-degree felony aggregate theft by a government contractor for billing and receiving payments of over $100,000 from the Medicaid program for adult diapers that were never delivered to Medicaid recipients. If convicted, Edem and others may face a 2-20 years jail term and a fine of up to $10,000.

The list of the names of the 31 suspects aslo indicated that most of them were linked with one of the 32 medical supply businesses involved in making the fraudulent and phoney medical claims. Some of such compnaies include Interstate Medical Supply, Edima Health Management Group, Essential Healthcare Clinic&Supplier, Ollie Ross Medical, Edison Medical Supply, Semeds Medical Equipment, Citizens Medical Equipment, EMCO Medical Supplies Inc., Goldnet Medical Supplies Corp, Sinex Medical Supply, all in Houston.

Outside Houston, there are several other companies involved. They include Sam's Medical Supplu in Richmond, Blue Rose and C&M Medical Equipment in Missouri City, Pinnacle Medical Supply, in Katy and Perfect Medical Equipment in Sugarland.

Of all the 31 indicted suspects, 5 are females, some of which may include Non-Nigerians judging from their names. Phone calls by Empowered Newswire to the homes of several of the suspects did not produce any substantial reaction as many of the families of the suspects feigned ignorance of the news.

Aluko, a university professor based in Washington D.C. described the incident as a disgrace. According to him, \"First, to have so many Nigerians involved in such a scam in the Houston area is a disgrace, particularly in the aftermath of the CNN report which was vigorously protested by both the Nigerian community in the US and the Nigerian government. \"

He urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to take a more proactive role as a matter of must, in order to ensure \"better role modeling by its fellow citizens.\"

With the preponderance of names from a particular section of the country, Aluko called on US-based Nigerian ethnic and national organizations to ensur that their members with questionable wealth be put under the microscope.

Prominent among the Nigerians arrested is Ededem Edem, whose photo was displayed at the press conference on Friday by the Texas Attorney-General.



http://odili.net/news/source/2006/dec/4/552.html
Re: Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over Medicare Fraud
First-lady posted on 02-22-2011, 17:47:25 PM
QUOTE:
First Lady,

Did you notice that the alleged criminals live in CARSON?…..


LOL
In texas they live at your favorite place,sugar land
Re: Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over Medicare Fraud
10Kobo posted on 02-22-2011, 19:08:36 PM
Hmmm......here we go again!
(knocks self on the head and wonders whats wrong with ma people?).
No wonder they spend money like it grows on trees and makes us look like we are just dull!
Re: Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over Medicare Fraud
Bob posted on 02-22-2011, 21:24:13 PM
that signature should be changed to:
Get yours! but dont get caught.null
Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over Medicare Fraud
NVS posted on 02-22-2011, 23:08:38 PM
United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California February 17, 2011

SIX LOS ANGELES-AREA DEFENDANTS INDICTED FOR SUBMITTING NEARLY $30 MILLION IN FRAUDULENT BILLS TO MEDICARE

LOS ANGELES – As part of a nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud, six local defendants were arrested today on charges of submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare, mostly for electric wheelchairs that were never delivered.

user posted imageThree indictments charging six defendants were unsealed today in United States District Court in Los Angeles. The local charges are among cases filed in nine cities across the United States that charge a total of 111 defendants, who cumulatively are accused of being involved in nearly a quarter billion dollars worth of false billings submitted to Medicare.

The Southland defendants arrested today are:

Camillus Ehigie, 50, of Woodland Hills;

Evans Oniha, 48, of Rancho Palos Verdes, who self-surrendered this morning;

Charles Achike Agbu, 56, of Carson;

Obageli Brooke Agbu, who is Charles Agbu's daughter, 24, of Carson;

Joseph Ofoegbu, 58, Gardena; and

Sarah Hua, 64, of Monterey Par, who self-surrender this morning.

The six defendants are expected to be arraigned on the health care fraud charges this afternoon in federal court in downtown Los Angeles, with the exception of Ehigie who is being treated for an undisclosed medical condition.

Over the course of nine years, Camillus Ehige and Evans Oniha allegedly submitted more than $16 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare for durable medical equipment and in-home nursing services that typically were not provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

Ehige and Oniha were the owner/operators of Caravan Medical Supplies in Culver City and Prosperity Home Health Services in Lawndale. Ehige owned and operated Osbed Medical Supply in Woodland Hills. Ehige and Oniha were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and several substantive counts of health care fraud for billing the Medicare program for durable medical equipment and home health services that were not medically necessary and, in many instances, not even provided. Ehige and Oniha allegedly paid "marketers" for access to Medicare beneficiary information or to have Medicare beneficiaries obtain fraudulent prescriptions for equipment or services. Ehigie and Oniha were also charged with making a false statement in a health care matter, and Ehigie was charged with obstructing an investigation into a healthcare offense for instructing a co-conspirator to lie to law enforcement agents about the scheme run out of Caravan, Osbed, and Prosperity.

In the second case, Charles Achike Agbu and his daughter, Obageli Brooke Agbu, were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and several counts of health care fraud for submitting fraudulent claims for durable medical equipment through their Carson companies. Charles Agbu owned and operated Bonfee, Inc. and Obageli owned and operated Ibon, Inc. The indictment alleges that the Agbus billed Medicare for durable medical equipment, such as electric wheelchairs and orthotics, that was not needed, wanted, or even delivered to the Medicare beneficiaries for whom the bills were submitted. As part of the scheme, the Agbus allegedly obtained prescriptions from doctors for the medically unnecessary equipment and then used those prescriptions, along with the Medicare beneficiary information, to submit fraudulent claims to the Medicare program. Bonfee and Ibon allegedly submitted to Medicare a total of approximately $12 million in fraudulent bills for durable medical equipment.

Joseph Ofoegbu, the owner and operator of Iyke Associates in Torrance, and Sarah Hua, a marketer who procured beneficiaries for Ofoegbu, were charged with three counts of health care fraud for submitting fraudulent claims for reimbursement for motorized wheelchairs. The indictment alleges that Ofoegbu used marketers, including Hua, to recruit beneficiaries who were then seen by physicians who prescribed medically unnecessary durable medical equipment. The prescriptions were sent to Iyke Associates, which fraudulently billed Medicare using those prescriptions. According to the indictment, the beneficiaries either did not receive the equipment or they received less expensive equipment than the items Iyke billed to Medicare. Iyke billed a total of approximately $1.5 million in claims for DME it purported to provide to Medicare beneficiaries.

In announcing the nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud today, Attorney General Eric Holder said: "With this takedown, we have identified and shut down large-scale fraud schemes operating throughout the country. We have safeguarded precious taxpayer dollars. And we have helped to protect our nation's most essential health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid. As today's arrests prove, we are waging an aggressive fight against health care fraud."

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations are part of the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a joint initiative announced in May 2009 between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services to focus their efforts to prevent and deter fraud and enforce current anti-fraud laws around the country.

"Today's actions show that we will not tolerate criminals who pay kickbacks for referrals of Medicare business or who will bill for services that were medically unnecessary," said Glenn R. Ferry, the Los Angeles Region's Special Agent in Charge for the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. "These actions are part of a coordinated, nationwide sweep in our continuing battle against greedy criminals who profit from exploiting federal health care programs."

Tony Sidley, Senior Special Agent in Charge for the California Department of Justice, stated: "The California Attorney General's Office is committed to fight fraud against the state Medi-Cal program. CAL DOJ has supported the HEAT initiative from its inception in the Los Angeles region. Today's operation is another example of a successful and coordinated effort to fight Health Care Fraud in Los Angeles."

An indictment merely contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.

The Strike Force cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; and the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Medical Fraud and Elder Abuse.

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Re: Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over Medicare Fraud
First-lady posted on 02-22-2011, 23:08:38 PM
United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California

February 17, 2011




SIX LOS ANGELES-AREA DEFENDANTS INDICTED FOR SUBMITTING NEARLY $30 MILLION IN FRAUDULENT BILLS TO MEDICARE


LOS ANGELES – As part of a nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud, six local defendants were arrested today on charges of submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare, mostly for electric wheelchairs that were never delivered.


DOJ SealThree indictments charging six defendants were unsealed today in United States District Court in Los Angeles. The local charges are among cases filed in nine cities across the United States that charge a total of 111 defendants, who cumulatively are accused of being involved in nearly a quarter billion dollars worth of false billings submitted to Medicare.


The Southland defendants arrested today are:

Camillus Ehigie, 50, of Woodland Hills;


Evans Oniha, 48, of Rancho Palos Verdes, who self-surrendered this morning;


Charles Achike Agbu, 56, of Carson;


Obageli Brooke Agbu, who is Charles Agbu's daughter, 24, of Carson;


Joseph Ofoegbu, 58, Gardena; and


Sarah Hua, 64, of Monterey Par, who self-surrender this morning.


The six defendants are expected to be arraigned on the health care fraud charges this afternoon in federal court in downtown Los Angeles, with the exception of Ehigie who is being treated for an undisclosed medical condition.


Over the course of nine years, Camillus Ehige and Evans Oniha allegedly submitted more than $16 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare for durable medical equipment and in-home nursing services that typically were not provided to Medicare beneficiaries.


Ehige and Oniha were the owner/operators of Caravan Medical Supplies in Culver City and Prosperity Home Health Services in Lawndale. Ehige owned and operated Osbed Medical Supply in Woodland Hills. Ehige and Oniha were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and several substantive counts of health care fraud for billing the Medicare program for durable medical equipment and home health services that were not medically necessary and, in many instances, not even provided. Ehige and Oniha allegedly paid "marketers" for access to Medicare beneficiary information or to have Medicare beneficiaries obtain fraudulent prescriptions for equipment or services. Ehigie and Oniha were also charged with making a false statement in a health care matter, and Ehigie was charged with obstructing an investigation into a healthcare offense for instructing a co-conspirator to lie to law enforcement agents about the scheme run out of Caravan, Osbed, and Prosperity.


In the second case, Charles Achike Agbu and his daughter, Obageli Brooke Agbu, were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and several counts of health care fraud for submitting fraudulent claims for durable medical equipment through their Carson companies. Charles Agbu owned and operated Bonfee, Inc. and Obageli owned and operated Ibon, Inc. The indictment alleges that the Agbus billed Medicare for durable medical equipment, such as electric wheelchairs and orthotics, that was not needed, wanted, or even delivered to the Medicare beneficiaries for whom the bills were submitted. As part of the scheme, the Agbus allegedly obtained prescriptions from doctors for the medically unnecessary equipment and then used those prescriptions, along with the Medicare beneficiary information, to submit fraudulent claims to the Medicare program. Bonfee and Ibon allegedly submitted to Medicare a total of approximately $12 million in fraudulent bills for durable medical equipment.


Joseph Ofoegbu, the owner and operator of Iyke Associates in Torrance, and Sarah Hua, a marketer who procured beneficiaries for Ofoegbu, were charged with three counts of health care fraud for submitting fraudulent claims for reimbursement for motorized wheelchairs. The indictment alleges that Ofoegbu used marketers, including Hua, to recruit beneficiaries who were then seen by physicians who prescribed medically unnecessary durable medical equipment. The prescriptions were sent to Iyke Associates, which fraudulently billed Medicare using those prescriptions. According to the indictment, the beneficiaries either did not receive the equipment or they received less expensive equipment than the items Iyke billed to Medicare. Iyke billed a total of approximately $1.5 million in claims for DME it purported to provide to Medicare beneficiaries.


In announcing the nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud today, Attorney General Eric Holder said: "With this takedown, we have identified and shut down large-scale fraud schemes operating throughout the country. We have safeguarded precious taxpayer dollars. And we have helped to protect our nation's most essential health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid. As today's arrests prove, we are waging an aggressive fight against health care fraud."


The Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations are part of the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a joint initiative announced in May 2009 between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services to focus their efforts to prevent and deter fraud and enforce current anti-fraud laws around the country.


"Today's actions show that we will not tolerate criminals who pay kickbacks for referrals of Medicare business or who will bill for services that were medically unnecessary," said Glenn R. Ferry, the Los Angeles Region's Special Agent in Charge for the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. "These actions are part of a coordinated, nationwide sweep in our continuing battle against greedy criminals who profit from exploiting federal health care programs."


Tony Sidley, Senior Special Agent in Charge for the California Department of Justice, stated: "The California Attorney General's Office is committed to fight fraud against the state Medi-Cal program. CAL DOJ has supported the HEAT initiative from its inception in the Los Angeles region. Today's operation is another example of a successful and coordinated effort to fight Health Care Fraud in Los Angeles."


An indictment merely contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.


The Strike Force cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; and the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Medical Fraud and Elder Abuse.



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Re: Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over Medicare Fraud
Ranter posted on 02-23-2011, 00:47:00 AM
QUOTE:
First Lady,

Did you notice that the alleged criminals live in CARSON?…..


Living in Carson and billing medi-whatever like everyday is passover
Re: Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over Medicare Fraud
Ayookun posted on 02-23-2011, 01:04:09 AM
Another testimony to the poor health care system in America. Of all the stake holders, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, health insurance companies, drug companies, medical equipment suppliers e.t.c. all get overpaid and/or overrated, leaving the most important stake holder (the patient) to suffer at the back sit. America remains the only country in the "developed world" where you can be broke and become perpectually poor just because you got sick. It's also the only "developed country" i know of, where you're safer calling your health insurance company first before you call at the doctor's office.
So much for the God's own country where greed is easily mis-understood and preached as ingenuity.
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