Corporate Compliance

Seven more Houston citizens indicted in $5M Medicare fraud scheme

Compliance Monitor, October 20, 2010

A U.S. District Court in Houston charged six patient recruiters and a nurse in an ongoing Medicare fraud case against home health clinic Family Healthcare Services, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

The seven additional indictments make a total of 14 defendants now charged for alleged roles in Family Healthcare’s $5 million fraud scheme. Family Healthcare’s owners and operators Clifford Ubani, 52; Ezinne Ubani, 45; Princewill Njoku, 51; and Caroline Njoku, 45, allegedly submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for home health services that were medically unnecessary or never provided.

Patient recruiters received cash kickbacks for placing patients in Family’s care. The owners also allegedly falsified patient files to make it appear that Medicare beneficiaries qualified for home healthcare, according to the DOJ.

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