This week, it was announced that a federal jury had convicted one physician and two nurses guilty of health care fraud. One physician and one nurse were found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. All were involved in a home health fraud scheme. At the conclusion of the five-day trial, 70-year old Kelly Robinett and 47-year-old Kingsley Nwanguma were convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
They were also convicted of three counts of health care fraud. 42-year-old Joy Ogwuebu was convicted of four counts of health care fraud. All defendants were from Texas. A date for sentencing has not yet been scheduled. Evidence presented at trial showed that Robinett, Nwanguma and others engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicare from 2007 through 2015.
The defendants and others submitted and caused the submission of false and fraudulent claims to Medicare through Timely Home Health Services Inc. and Boomer House Calls. Robinett was a doctor of osteopathic medicine. Robinett certified Medicare beneficiaries who she never saw for medically unnecessary home health services that were often not provided. Further details have been made available here.