A Texas man ripped off millions from Medicare, including billing the government for leg braces for a man who had his legs amputated, according to the Justice Department.
To add to the mockery, the man never received the braces.
Edmund Nwaudobi, 48, of Sugar Land, was convicted earlier this month on one count of conspiracy to defraud Medicare, two counts of health care fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. Companies he was associated with billed more than $2.9 million in Medicare claims for 397 beneficiaries living in Missouri and Kansas, and received more than $1.5 million from those claims.
Among other evidence, Nwaudobi used doctors’ identities without their permission to make fraudulent claims to Medicare.
During trial, federal prosecutors presented evidence that from 2004 to 2009 Nwaudobi conspired with co-defendants Tom Alabraba, Iyaye Ishmael, and George Tasie to fraudulently bill Medicare for power wheelchairs and other medical devices, such as leg and body braces. Nwaudobi conducted business on behalf of Good Care, Inc., an Overland Park, Kan., company that supplied durable medical equipment such as orthotics.
Nwaudobi faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the conspiracy count, a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the health care fraud counts, and a mandatory two years consecutive to any other sentence and a fine up to $250,000 on the identity theft count.