Corporate Compliance

Las Vegas woman pleads guilty to acting as the straw owner of fraudulent DME company

Compliance Monitor, March 9, 2011

Jummal Joy Ibrahim, 55, of Las Vegas pleaded guilty to falsely representing to Medicare that she owned a Los Angeles-area durable medical equipment (DME) company, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Ibrahim admitted that between January 2006 and September 2009, she allowed her brother, Christopher Iruke, to use her identity to conceal his ownership and control of Contempo Medical Supplies. Contempo was a fraudulent DME supply company located in Inglewood, CA, which Iruke and others used to submit false claims to Medicare for expensive DME.

According to the DOJ, Ibrahim allowed Iruke to use her Social Security number and driver’s license to open Contempo after Medicare refused to accredit Iruke’s DME company, Pascon Medical Supply. Ibrahim also opened a bank account in her name for Contempo, and allowed Iruke unrestricted access to the account.

As a result, Iruke submitted approximately $3.5 million in false power wheelchair and DME claims to Medicare. Medicare reimbursed Contempo approximately $1.7 million on these false claims.

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