Corporate Compliance

Texas chiropractor to serve two years, pay restitution for fraud conviction

Compliance Monitor, June 6, 2012

U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas sentenced Justina Okehie, aka Dr. Tina Collins, of Richmond, Texas, to 24 months in prison and ordered Okehie to pay $1.9 million in restitution for her part in a scheme to defraud Medicare and Texas Medicare.

Okehie, 55, owned and operated Adom Rehabilitation Services and Healthcare and Wellness Medical Center in Houston. Both clinics claimed to provide physical therapy and chiropractic services. As part of the conspiracy, Okehie paid patient recruiters to refer Medicare beneficiaries to her clinics, according to a Department of Justice press release. Okehie also paid Medicare beneficiaries to visit her clinics.
Okehie submitted false claims in excess of $8.5 million of claims to the Medicare and Medicare programs from January 2007 through August 2010.
 
Atlas previously sentenced Okehie’s co-conspirators Cassandra Tasby Barnes, 48, of Houston, and Melloneen Davis, 53, of Stafford, Texas, to three years’ probation each for their roles in a conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute.

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