Information on Houston Medicaid fraud suspects

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Posted on February 17, 2011 at 6:54 PM

U.S. v. Okehie et al.

Justina Okehie, 55, a chiropractor, Cassandra Barnes, 47, and Melloneen Davis, 52, all of Houston, associated with Adom Rehabilitation Services and Healthcare and Wellness Medical Clinic, were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud for submitting approximately $4.7 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare for chiropractic and physical therapy services. Adom Rehabilitation Services is located on the 1600 block of Fondren Street in Houston while Healthcare and Wellness Clinic is located on the 8400 block of Fondren.

This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Blan of the SDTX Health Care Fraud section.

On Feb. 13, 2011, the HEAT Strike Force obtained indictment in the following cases:

U.S. v. Echols

Dr. Ben Echols, 61, of Houston, was charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud in connection with an approximately $5.2 million scheme to defraud the Medicare program for the submission of fraudulent home-health claims. Dr. Echols’ practice is located on the 2600 block of South Loop West in Houston.

U.S. v. Obot

Ekpedeme Obot, 34, of Houston, and owner of Praise DME, was charged with health care fraud in connection with an approximately $1.3 million scheme to defraud the Medicare program  through the submission of fraudulent claims for durable medical equipment. Praise DME, previously located on the 6200 block of Bonhomme Road in Houston, is closed.

U. S. v. Beal et al.

Sharon Beal, 47, and Kemmie Houston, 42, both of Houston, and owners of STK Consultants, were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud in connection with an approximately $851,000 scheme to defraud the Medicare program through the submission of fraudulent claims for DME. STK Consultants is located on the 7700 block of North Sam Houston Parkway East in Humble, Texas.

U.S. v. Akinbile et al.

Akinsunbo Akinbile, 43, of Richmond, and owner of Hallco, was charged with health care fraud in connection with an approximately $694,000 scheme to defraud the Medicare program through  the submission of fraudulent claims for durable medical equipment. Hallco,  previously located on the 6600 block of Hillcroft Street in Houston, is closed.

U.S. v. Ball et al.

Simone  Ball, 24, of Stafford, and Philip Ware, 30, of Missouri City, owners of Preferred Plus Medical Supply, were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud in connection with an approximately $654,000 scheme to defraud the Medicare program  through  the submission of fraudulent claims for durable medical equipment. Preferred Plus Medical Supply,  previously located at 900 Westpark Drive in Houston, is closed.

These cases will be prosecuted by Department of Justice trial lawyers attached to the Houston HEAT Strike Force.

The Houston takedown is a result of investigations conducted by FBI’s Houston Field Division, the Houston office of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Office of Investigations; and the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) with the assistance provided by the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board Office of Inspector General during today’s arrest efforts.

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