HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area man has pleaded guilty in a nearly $1.2 million health case scam using forged signatures of doctors.
A federal judge in Houston on Thursday accepted the plea from Abdul Waheed Alex Shittu. The naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Shittu faces up to 12 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He's free on bond until sentencing early next year.
Investigators say Shittu owned S&S Medical Supply Etc. in Stafford. He paid recruiters to fake physician orders for braces, wheelchairs and other items for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
Prosecutors say the patients had not been treated by the doctors and at times never received the items.
Shittu since 2008 filed fraudulent payment claims with the government.