Corporate Compliance

Jury convicts Los Angeles DME provider of Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, September 24, 2008

A federal jury found Leonard Uchenna Nwafor, owner and operator of Pacific City Group Inc., a Los Angeles-based durable medical equipment (DME) company, guilty of conspiracy of healthcare fraud and healthcare fraud, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
Nwafor submitted over a $1 million worth of claims for medically unnecessary motorized wheelchairs and accessories. He received over $500,000 from Medicare for those claims. One blind beneficiary told the jury he received a wheelchair that he obviously could not operate.
Los Angeles area physicians, whose names appeared on the prescriptions for the wheelchairs, testified the prescriptions were forged. They also said the prescriptions were written for patients they had never seen and were for conditions outside their areas of expertise.
Nwafor will be sentenced on December 1.
To read the DOJ press release, click here


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