Corporate Compliance

Seven Houston home healthcare employees charged in alleged Medicare fraud scheme

Compliance Monitor, June 30, 2010

Seven Houston-area citizens were indicted for their alleged participation in a $5 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to a Department of Justice Press release.

Clifford Ubanim 52, Ezinne Ubani, 45, Princewill Njoku, 51, and Caroline Njoku, 45, owned and operated Family Healthcare Services, a home healthcare agency. The owners allegedly submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for home healthcare services that were either not medically necessary or not rendered.

Caroline Njoku, Mary Ellis, 54, Michelle Turner, 42, and Cynthia Garza-Williams, 49, allegedly paid Medicare beneficiaries cash kickbacks to receive Family’s nursing services. In return, Ezinne Ubani and Princewill Njoku paid the recruiters kickbacks for the referrals.

The indictment seeks forfeiture of assets held by the defendants.

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