Clifford Ubani and Princewill Njoku already had 108 months apiece for home health fraud -- now they're getting an extra sentence for a DME scam.
Ubani and Njoku -- along with Ubani's wife Ezinne and Caroline Njoku -- used to own Family Healthcare Services in Houston. There, the feds charged, they conspired to bill Medicare for unneeded and undelivered skilled nursing services to home health patients, to the tune of $5.2 million.
Ezinne Ubani was convicted of fraud and false statements in the home health case and sentenced to 97 months; Clifford Ubani and Princewill Njoku were each sentenced to serve 108 months in prison.
But the feds weren't done with Clifford Ubani and Njoku; they were also charged, along with others, with billing CMS for unneeded orthotics.
Per the court documents, says DOJ,
Ubani paid co-conspirators to recruit Medicare beneficiaries for the purpose of Family filing claims with Medicare for DME that was medically unnecessary or not provided. In particular, Family would bill Medicare for unnecessary medical orthotic braces that were marketed as “arthritis kits” or “ortho kits.” The co-conspirators would then falsify documents to support the fraudulent payments from Medicare.
At least we can admire their diversified business plan. And it doesn't seem to have cost them much -- Ubani's and Njoku's new sentences will be served concurrently with their old ones.