HOUSTON -- A naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria has been sentenced to 12 ½ years in federal prison for his role in a massive health care fraud conspiracy in Houston.
A Justice Department statement Friday says Kenneth Ibezim Anokam was part of a scheme that billed Medicare and Medicaid more than $45 million for physical therapy services that never occurred.
The 57-year-old man was a manager and supervisor at City Nursing Service of Texas Inc., where the fraud took place.
U.S. District Court Judge Melinda Harmon also ordered Anokam to pay $19 million in restitution to Medicare and to Medicaid.
Last year, City Nursing owner Umawa Oke Imo was sentenced to more than 27 years in prison for his main role in the conspiracy.