2012 Texas News Archive
December 17, 2012
Houston Man Arrested for Health Care Fraud
Lawrence Tyler, under the company name, 1866ICPAYDAY.COM LLC, allegedly billed Medicare and Medicaid approximately $3 million and was paid approximately $1.4 million.
December 13, 2012
Houston-area Doctor Convicted in $17.3 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme Involving Fraudulent Claims
Ben Harris Echolswas convicted for conspiring to commit healthcare fraud by falsifying plans of care for Medicare beneficiaries, including patients whom he did not treat.
December 13, 2012
Owner of Louisiana-Based Health Care Company Convicted in Texas for Role in $6.7 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Kenny Msiakii submitted claims of approximately $6.7 million to Medicare and was paid approximately $3.6 million for devices.
December 12, 2012
Medicare Beneficiaries and Patient Recruiter Convicted of Accepting Kickbacks from Home Health Agency
18 defendants were charged in connection with the conspiracy to pay kickbacks at Superstar. Among those charged were Pablo Orama, Vivian Augustine (president and manager of Superstar), employees of Superstar, and patient recruiters and Medicare beneficiaries who accepted kickbacks.
December 6, 2012
Texas-based Healthpoint Ltd. to pay up to $48 Million to Settle Medicare, Medicaid False Claims
False claims were for Xenaderm, which was ineligible for reimbursement by those programs.
November 28, 2012
Palmview Siblings Sentenced for Health Care Fraud Conspiracy
Velma Alaniz and her brother Valente Alaniz have been sentenced to 24 and 37 months in federal prison and to pay restitution over $159,000.
November 27, 2012
Baylor University Medical Center to Pay More Than $900,000 for False Medicare Claims for Radiation Oncology Services
Baylor University Medical Center, Baylor Health Care System and HealthTexas Provider Network (collectively, Baylor) have agreed to pay the United States $907,355 to settle allegations that Baylor submitted false claims to Medicare.
November 14, 2012
Owner of S & S Medical Supply Etc Convicted of Health Care Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft
Abdul Waheed Alex Shittu submitted over $1 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid and received $597,865.19 for those claims.
November 5, 2012
7th Defendant Sentenced to Federal Prison in Multi-Million Dollar Health Care Fraud
Tony Nnonso Obi has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in a massive health care fraud conspiracy that billed the Medicare and Medicaid programs for more than $45 million.
October 30, 2012
Mission Pharmacy Owner and Former Technician Sentenced to Federal Prison for Health Care Fraud
Sara Garza and Valerie Flores were charged with conspiring to defraud the Texas Medicaid/Vendor Drug program and other health care offenses.
October 19, 2012
Former Nigerian Fugitive Convicted in Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme
Godwin Chiedo Nzeocha has been convicted for his role in the multi-million dollar City Nursing health care fraud scheme. He participated in billing Medicare and Medicaid for over $35 million.
October 16, 2012
Former biller for Marcelo Herrera doing business as RGV DME Convicted
Beatriz Ramos has pleaded guilty for her role in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid totaling approximately $11 million.
October 15, 2012
Houston Ambulance Company Administrator Pleads Guilty to Fraud
Okechukwu Ofoegbu pleaded guilty of submitting approximately $1,734,550 in fraudulent claims to Medicare.
October 12, 2012
Business Owner Heads to Prison for Health Care Offenses Perpetrated in Texas and Louisiana
Endurance Iyamu sentenced to a 30-month prison sentence for submitting claims to Medicare totaling approximately $1,232,306.
October 11, 2012
Owner of Texas Home Health Services Company Pleads Guilty in $374 Million Fraud Scheme
Cyprian Akamnonu pleads guilty for fraudulent bills over $43 million to Medicare.
March 14, 2012
Humble Woman Sentenced for East Texas Health Care Fraud