Corporate Compliance

California pastor sentenced to prison for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, February 29, 2012

A former Los Angeles church pastor who orchestrated a $14.2 million Medicare fraud scheme, was sentenced to 36 months in prison, according to a February 27 Department of Justice press release.

Court documents indicate that Connie Ipkoh and her husband, Christopher Iruke, owned several durable medical equipment (DME) companies in the Los Angeles area. Employing several church members from their congregation, Arms of Grace, they submitted false claims to Medicare for high-end power wheelchairs and orthodics that were either medically unnecessary or never provided.

Ipkoh and Iruke billed Medicare approximately $6,000 for wheelchairs that cost $900 wholesale and in turn paid cash kickbacks to those who sold them the information of the Medicare beneficiaries.

Read more on the Department of Justice website.

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