Owners of home health care business sentenced for $6.7 million in health care fraud | Takeover bid
Two owners of an Illinois home health care business were convicted yesterday in a $6.7 million home health care fraud scheme.
Patricia Omorogbe, 61, of Lansing, a registered nurse, was sentenced to two years in prison. Felix Omorogbe, 71, of Lansing, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Patricia Omorogbe was also ordered to pay $6,643,094 in restitution. Felix Omorogbe was ordered to pay $1,592,362 in restitution.
According to court documents, the Omorogbes owned and operated three home care companies: A&Z Home Health Care and Dominion Home Health Care, both located in Lansing, and Alliance Home Health Care, located in Hammond, Indiana. From January 2009 to approximately June 2018, the Omorogbes secretly paid kickbacks and bribes to patient marketers in exchange for Medicare beneficiary referrals to companies.
Patricia Omorogbe maintained relationships with traders and signed fictitious contracts with patient traders on behalf of businesses, while Felix Omorogbe facilitated bribe payments to traders by writing checks to himself and employees from the agency, who would then convert the checks into cash that were used to pay bribes. to traders. Patricia Omorogbe caused the submission of fraudulent claims to Medicare for home health services that misrepresented that she, as a registered nurse, was performing patient assessments on dates she was out of the country . It was the practice of Omorogbe companies to admit, discharge and recertify certain patients repeatedly, regardless of their medical condition.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Deputy Director Luis Quesada of the FBI Criminal Division; Special Agent in Charge Mario M. Pinto of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Chicago Regional Office; and Acting Special Agent in Charge Ashley T. Johnson of the FBI’s Chicago Field Office made the announcement.
The FBI and HHS-OIG investigated the case.
Trial Attorneys Sarah W. Rocha, Victor B. Yanz, and Claire T. Sobczak of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Mott for the Northern District of Illinois prosecuted the case.
The Fraud Section leads the Criminal Division’s efforts to combat health care fraud through the Health Care Fraud Strike Force program. Since March 2007, this program, made up of 15 strike forces operating in 24 federal districts, has charged more than 4,200 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program more than $19 billion. Additionally, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in conjunction with the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, is taking steps to hold providers accountable for their involvement in drug fraud schemes. Health care. More information can be found at https://www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/health-care-fraud-unit.