Medicaid Fraud in Houston: 31 Naijas in the net

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Re: Crackdown on Medicaid Fraud in Houston
Picasso posted on 12-01-2006, 15:54:21 PM
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I have absolutely NO PITY for a single one of them! They should rot in jail and then be deported where they should be jailed again in Nigeria for giving hard-working Nigerians an unfortunate, collective, black-eye!


Thank you, my brother. Very well said!

32 Medical Supplies business owners been arrested. All of them of Nigerian descent. Not even 1 Caucasian or Mexican among them! Chei! How sad? These arrests, unfortunately, has sort of given credence to CNN's documentary about 40% of Nigerians in the Houston area being criminals.
Clean Eeezzzebbbee, Ph D.
Obugi posted on 12-01-2006, 15:57:29 PM
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Bonafide proof of the adage: Every day for the thief; one man for the Master of house.

Another reason why we as Nigerians should never 'measure' ourselves by ANYONE ELSE'S standards. I'm sure some of these people were luxuriating in their little tax-free money on the side and the main ring-leaders were 'ballin' outta control'.

Today, I wonder just how 'big ballers' they feel like?

I'll advise my fellow diasporans: If you can't stand the 'heat' in the diaspora - get out of the kitchen. More importantly, make your contributions to your Nation of origin so that YOU TOO can return home and live a decent life without resorting to CRIMINAL means!

I have absolutely NO PITY for a single one of them! They should rot in jail and then be deported where they should be jailed again in Nigeria for giving hard-working Nigerians an unfortunate, collective, black-eye!

Nonsense!


EZB,

I see some contradiction above. What if they had invested some of their earnings in Nigeria, thus creating jobs? I know for a fact that the owners of NewCare Pharmacy in the story I posted did exactly that.

Do you feel any pity now?

Another thing. Have you, EZB, ever broken any law in the USA?

The bad thing in all this is that Nigerians do not have a nation state that defends their interests. It has happened before, no doubt it will happen again - those involved in that Texas case who fled to Nigeria will be deported back to the USA.

Some may choose to feign morality in these cases. For me there are larger issues at stake. I will never wish that an African rot in a foreign jail just because he stole from America; on the other hand, I wish death on ANYONE who steals from Africans.
One of those guys arrested in Texas is a personal friend of mine and has done more good for my hometown than most Nigerian govt officials. For one thing, he was a very big contributor to our security scheme, which was necessitated by the Fed Govt of Nigeria neglecting it so-called responsibilities to my people through the Nigeria Police.

Anyhow, I have urged those people that are tempted to get involved in these things - especially those who have good sources of legit income - to have a rethink. Not for morality but for very practical considerations. Anyone reading the papers should know that the US DOJ under Attorney General Janet Reno institutionalized a determined effort to prosecute medical funding fraud. The days of easy money are long gone.

So pipe down, Mr EZB. We're all human, and more importantly, African.

Get Yours!
Obugi.
Re: Crackdown on Medicaid Fraud in Houston
Marin posted on 12-01-2006, 16:01:19 PM
These all go to show that Nigeria has the leaders it deserves. I'm sure these people must have been smugly running their Diasporan mouths over the corruption of the leaders back home in Nigeria. Na only God go help us. Trully Sabella was on spot with his article(when your papa or mama is a thief)
Re: Clean Eeezzzebbbee, Ph D.
EezeeBee posted on 12-01-2006, 16:41:18 PM
QUOTE:
EZB,

I see some contradiction above. What if they had invested some of their earnings in Nigeria, thus creating jobs? I know for a fact that the owners of NewCare Pharmacy in the story I posted did exactly that.

Do you feel any pity now?

Another thing. Have you, EZB, ever broken any law in the USA?

The bad thing in all this is that Nigerians do not have a nation state that defends their interests. It has happened before, no doubt it will happen again - those involved in that Texas case who fled to Nigeria will be deported back to the USA.

Some may choose to feign morality in these cases. For me there are larger issues at stake. I will never wish that an African rot in a foreign jail just because he stole from America; on the other hand, I wish death on ANYONE who steals from Africans.
One of those guys arrested in Texas is a personal friend of mine and has done more good for my hometown than most Nigerian govt officials. For one thing, he was a very big contributor to our security scheme, which was necessitated by the Fed Govt of Nigeria neglecting it so-called responsibilities to my people through the Nigeria Police.

Anyhow, I have urged those people that are tempted to get involved in these things - especially those who have good sources of legit income - to have a rethink. Not for morality but for very practical considerations. Anyone reading the papers should know that the US DOJ under Attorney General Janet Reno institutionalized a determined effort to prosecute medical funding fraud. The days of easy money are long gone.

So pipe down, Mr EZB. We're all human, and more importantly, African.

Get Yours!
Obugi.


I'll repeat what I wrote before:

QUOTE:
Bonafide proof of the adage: Every day for the thief; one man for the Master of house.

Another reason why we as Nigerians should never 'measure' ourselves by ANYONE ELSE'S standards. I'm sure some of these people were luxuriating in their little tax-free money on the side and the main ring-leaders were 'ballin' outta control'.

Today, I wonder just how 'big ballers' they feel like today?

I'll advise my fellow diasporans: If you can't stand the 'heat' in the diaspora - get out of the kitchen. More importantly, make your contributions to your Nation of origin so that YOU TOO can return home and live a decent life without resorting to CRIMINAL means!

I have absolutely NO PITY for a single one of them! They should rot in jail and then be deported where they should be jailed again in Nigeria for giving hard-working Nigerians an unfortunate, collective, black-eye!

Nonsense!


Obugi, I agree I am VERY human and VERY fallible. I am guilty of many sins but not (yet) guilty of breaking the law. You say we are all 'African' like that is some kind of 'excuse', explanation or justification for breaking the law. It is NOT.

In direct answer to one of your questions: NO, I do NOT feel any pity for them now! Just because someone does good with illegally acquired money does NOT excuse his/her wrong doing. That is why America, being born on the backs of genocide and slavery does not overly impress me either.

In direct answer to another of your questions: Have I ever broken any law in these United States. Yes, I have been convicted of speeding. Other than that, despite many opportunities to enter 'deals', I have resisted because even though I might POSSIBLY succeed, it would break my father and mother's heart to learn that in spite of all they had attempted to teach me, I still succumbed to simple crime for my downfall.

I know myself; If/when I were to be convicted for a crime, it would be the kind that ranks up there with what Hitler did (or what George W. Bush and cronies are doing in Iraq right now!) not petty crimes to pay for 8,000 square foot houses!

Obugi, of course you don't know me personally; material things hold NO fascination for me. I am very difficult (I didn't say impossible) to tempt with mere money! And like you, despite whatever ye-ye degrees I might have, I will flip a burger, carry water, even sef carry sh*t before I will bother stealing.

By the time you succeed in tempting me, my price will be that you develop EVERYTHING around me so that I can indeed enjoy my ILLEGAL money in peace, unafraid that someone who is miserable and jealous will car-jack me or enter my 12,000 square foot house to rob me!

I know you might find my position difficult to fathom because you know how vehemently I detest and decry many multinationals and their home countries as they collude with NIGERIANS to defraud the country.

Never fear! It is the same standard I uphold. Thiefzerland should NOT steal (or hold stolen funds); Nigerians in America should not steal. Both should aspire to build, invest and employ by LEGITIMATE MEANS. Otherwise, live within your means (or the credit you are granted).

Peace.
Re: Crackdown on Medicaid Fraud in Houston
Obugi posted on 12-01-2006, 18:25:15 PM
EZB,

QUOTE:
It is the same standard I uphold. Thiefzerland should NOT steal (or hold stolen funds); Nigerians in America should not steal. Both should aspire to build, invest and employ by LEGITIMATE MEANS. Otherwise, live within your means (or the credit you are granted).



I would agree with you, except for one problem.

There will always be people who want to take what is legitimately yours, using force or other foul means. Worse, most people contribute and uphold such theft and don't even know it. Is anyone innocent? Not by my standards.

So what then? We've had this discussion before on the Who Owns America thread.

Until Jesus comes, this is the world we have to work with. I'm done here.

Obugi.
Re: Crackdown on Medicaid Fraud in Houston
Ajibs posted on 12-01-2006, 18:54:10 PM
QUOTE:
EZB,

I see some contradiction above. What if they had invested some of their earnings in Nigeria, thus creating jobs? I know for a fact that the owners of NewCare Pharmacy in the story I posted did exactly that.

Do you feel any pity now?


Haba Obugi, tow wrongs don't make a right as we know, the fact that so much was stolen from Africa does not mean that we correct the situation by stealing back. Secondly you forget that other fellow Africans assisted and collaborated with the white man when he was raping Africa blind.

The fact that they did "good works" with money stolen from America does not make it any better. if that were the case, why should anyone be angry that IBB wants to be president again? After all he wil be using his ill goten wealth to run for office, so maybe we should forgive him if he does a good job while in office.
Re: Crackdown on Medicaid Fraud in Houston
Purple posted on 12-01-2006, 19:00:35 PM
Sad case of affairs for our country men and women fingered in this case of fraud. Nigeria will take ownership of our own people on this list, I hope other countries will do the same and not deny their sons and daughters. Just going by the names on the list, numbers 4, 9, 10, 14A, 14B, 16, 25A, 25B and 26 may not actually be our country people Oh! In fact number 21 and 22 also look suspicious to me. Let everyone step out and answer their father's name. After serving time, some of these persons may find themselves on a one way trip to Muritala Mohammed, so the non Naijas among them had better sing now.
.Medicaid Fraud in Houston Nets 31 Naijas
Bolaji Aluko posted on 12-01-2006, 19:46:21 PM
VIDEO OF NEWS CONFERENCE OF BUST
[url=http://www.oag.state.tx.us/media/videos/play.php?image=113006medicaid&id=216]Texas Attorney General[/url]


Names and Business Addresses of Suspects:
http://www.oag.state.tx.us/newspubs/releases/2006/113006suspects.pdf


THE 33 SUSPECTS ARRESTED

1. Akpan Sumuel Etukudo
2. Udofia Bassey Willie
3. Marcel Larry Ajiero
4. Ollie Elvin Ross
5. Godsen Samuel Udosen
6. Ededem Edem
VIDEO OF ARREST OF EDEM
[url=http://www.oag.state.tx.us/media/videos/play.php?image=112806edem&id=211]Texas Attorney General[/url]
7. Samuel Ekpenyong Edem
8. Ordy Chikodi Nwachukwu
9. Charles Byron Chandler
10. Brodrick Jermaine Carter
11. Ohaeto Maduabuchi
12. Ibanga Marcus Ekpo
13. Offombuk Udeme Eshett
14A. Richard Kankam
14B. Millicent Cindy Kankam
15. Ekpedema Obot
16. Emmanuel Gabriels
17. Paul Etim Udo
18. Godwin Chukwuemeka Arisukwu
19. Collins C. Olorondu
20. Kevin Okechukwu Onwudiwe
21. Wasin Tadese
22. Bridget Daffour Antwi
23. Joseph Itaedet Duke
24. Ukana Bassey Akpan
25A. Demetria Renee Broussard
25B. Caron Collins Broussard
26. Shandrekya Jazell Lee
27. Callishus Chima Duruji
28. Cyprain Ohueri
29. Emmanuel Effiong Nyo
30 Richard Thomason Akpabio
31. Emem Dominic Ukpong
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[url=http://www.oag.state.tx.us/cj_fugitives/cj_fugitive_detail_arrested.php?id=779]Texas Attorney General[/url]
Arrested:
Ededem Edem

Offense:
DOB: 05/10/1977
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Warrant Issued:
Confirmed with:
Date Arrested: November 28, 2006
County Arrested: Fort Bend
Other Information:
Ededem Edem, president of Houston-based Edison Medical Supplies Inc. was indicted by a Harris County 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. The indictment states that the theft occurred between Jan 1, 2003, and March 9, 2006. The Texas Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit arrested Edem at his Sugar Land home. Edison Medical Supplies is located at 9894 Bissonnet Street in Houston. A conviction on the theft charge carries punishment of 2-20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Information current as of November 29, 2006.




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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Attorney General Abbott's Medicaid Fraud Unit Uncovers Multi-million Dollar Scheme; 33 Indicted
Investigation targets businesses for defrauding state healthcare program

HOUSTON - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced multiple indictments and arrests in connection with a six-month investigation by the Office of Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) into a fraudulent scheme that allegedly cost taxpayers more than $7.7 million. Prosecutors with Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal's office presented information to a Harris County grand jury, which handed down indictments against 28 men and five women for felony theft.

The MFCU's investigation focused on 32 businesses in Harris County that billed Medicaid for adult diapers, wheelchairs, and other medical supplies. According to the indictments, the suspects accepted reimbursements, based on those billings, for supplies that were never delivered to Medicaid patients. The case was referred to the Office of Attorney General by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which received complaints against the providers.



Texas will not tolerate criminals who defraud taxpayers," said Attorney General Abbott. "The Medicaid program is designed to help the neediest Texans, including children and seniors, with basic health care services. Thanks to an outstanding joint effort by officers from our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Harris County Sheriff's Department and the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department, a scam that harmed Medicaid recipients and wasted taxpayer dollars has been shut down."

Attorney General Abbott added: "We commend the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for bringing this case to our attention, and we are grateful to Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal for vigorously prosecuting these criminals."

Last July, the Attorney General's office deployed 27 MFCU investigators and eight investigative auditors to the Houston area to investigate these fraud allegations. Personnel from the Office of Attorney General conducted more than 1,200 interviews and prepared numerous investigative reports that supported the district attorney's appearance before the grand jury Monday. (The names of those arrested, as well as their businesses, are included as a separate attachment.)

In 2005 alone, the costs of the Medicaid program in Texas totaled more than $17 billion. As the state's chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Abbott has dramatically expanded the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to save more taxpayer dollars and increase protection for Texas seniors. The Unit has established field offices in Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio and Tyler through authorization and funding from the 77th Texas Legislature. Attorney General Abbott's MFCU works with state and local agencies across the state to identify and prosecute those who defraud Medicaid.

Attorney General Abbott's MFCU was honored in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the Inspector General's State Fraud Award for effectiveness and efficiency during federal fiscal year 2003 in combating fraud, patient abuse and neglect in the Medicaid program.

To obtain more information about the Attorney General's efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency's Web site at [url=http://www.oag.state.tx.us]Texas Attorney General[/url].


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From: Nigerian Muse
Date: Dec 1, 2006 12:13 PM
Subject: UN-STAR CRACKDOWN: 33 Nigerians Indicted in Houston for Medicaid Fraud Allegation
To: naijapolitics@yahoogroups.com




COMPATRIOTS:



WATCH VIDEO: [url=http://www.khou.com/sharedcontent/VideoPlayer/videoPlayer.php?vidId=105205&catId=35]Video Player[/url]

DO WE KNOW ANY OF THESE PEOPLE ON THE VIDEO ?

DO WE KNOW THE NAMES OF THE INDICTED NIGERIANS - 28 MEN AND 5 WOMEN?


NM
Shaking his head


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Nov. 30, 2006, 11:22PM

CRACKDOWN IN HOUSTON

33 indicted in Medicaid fraud probe
Local health-care firms are accused of overbilling or submitting false claims for supplies


By MIKE GLENN
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

A Harris County grand jury handed up indictments this week against the owners and employees at 32 health-care companies, following a sweeping probe of Medicaid fraud in the Houston area.

The indictments of 28 men and 5 women on charges of felony theft came after a six-month investigation by the state Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The fraud was estimated at $7.5 million, Attorney General Greg Abbott said Thursday.

Investigators focused their inquiry on 32 Houston-area companies accused of either overbilling Medicaid or submitting claims for supplies, such as wheelchairs or adult diapers, that were never delivered to the patients.

"This is one of the largest operations that we've seen (and) that we've pieced together, involving this many people at once," Abbott said.

$1 billion a year in costs

In 2005, Medicaid costs in Texas totaled more than $17 billion. Abbott said fraud costs state taxpayers about $1 billion per year.

Abbott said the suspects may be associated with one another.

"Some of them may have been operating this scheme in a somewhat collaborative basis," he said. "In the end, we just can't say yet what the connection is."

Abbott said 16 arrests have been made so far this week. Of those still at-large, eight are now thought to be in other countries. Most of the suspects are from Nigeria.

"We're working with international authorities to try and track them down, arrest them, and have them brought back to Texas," Abbott said.

The attorney general's office launched its investigation after officials with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission - the state agency responsible for overseeing Medicaid - reported discrepancies in requests for reimbursement submitted by the companies.

"We began to notice that they all came from the same geographic area. That was kind of unusual," said Rick Copeland, a retired FBI agent who heads Abbott's Medicaid fraud division.

Life sentence possible

One of the targets of the investigation, Ededem Edem, 29, was accused of bilking taxpayers out of more than $100,000 worth of fraudulent Medicaid claims from January 2003 through March. "He could very well spend the rest of his life behind bars," Abbott said.

Some of the victims learned of the fraud scheme after they attempted to access Medicaid and were told that their funds in the program had already been exhausted.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office will prosecute the cases.

mike.glenn@chron.com

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Texas AG announces arrest of 33 in Medicaid fraud case
By RASHA MADKOUR

Associated Press Writer


HOUSTON - More than 30 people have been charged with Medicaid fraud after allegedly getting $7.7 million in reimbursement for medical supplies through inflated billing or false claims from unwitting patients, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Thursday.

The 33 charged were connected to Houston-area businesses that had falsely billed for adult diapers, wheelchairs, and other medical supplies, Abbott said. Anyone found guilty of stealing more than $100,000 could face up to life in prison on the felony charges.

"This is one of the largest operations we've seen," Abbott said.

The suspects, mostly from Nigeria, are believed to be loosely connected. Sixteen arrests have been made this week, Abbott said. Eight were still at large overseas.

The investigation showed that "fraud, abuse and stealing in the Medicaid system is very rampant," he said. "We are sending a message: Texas taxpayers will not tolerate criminals who steal from the Medicaid system."

The state's budget for the federal insurance program for low-income citizens totals about $17 billion. Fraud, abuse and waste account for up to 10 percent of that, Abbott said.

"We're talking about a billion-dollar-a-year issue," Abbott said.

This week's arrests grew from complaints to the Texas Health and Human Services Department. Some of the victims - mostly senior citizens - learned about the scam when they tried to buy supplies and were told they had used up their Medicaid allotment, Abbott said.

The suspects either grossly overbilled for the services or submitted claims for people who did not request them, according to an investigation involving 27 agents and upward of 1,200 interviews. Most of the time, the fraudulent claims were for no more than $5,000 at a time and were spread among legitimate bills filed to Medicaid for repayment.

"As a result of this scam, we're realizing that it is so very easy for people to get into the business of submitting these Medicaid claims," Abbott said.

He said his office is looking into stiffening the requirements but is wary of complicating the process for people seeking the services.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office will prosecute the cases.


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November 30, 2006 - 4:40 p.m. EST
Re: Crackdown on Medicaid Fraud in Houston
EezeeBee posted on 12-01-2006, 19:46:21 PM
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