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BRAINTREE MAN CONVICTED OF DEFRAUDING MEDICARE

FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010

BOSTON, MA - A Braintree man was convicted today in federal court of defrauding Medicare.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Susan Waddell, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, in Boston announced today that KINGSLEY TOCHUKWU EZE, 31, of Braintree, was convicted by a jury sitting before U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of one count of making a false statement and 10 counts of health care fraud.

Evidence presented during the eight day trial proved that during the period 2006 through 2007, EZE, the owner of Kings Enterprize in Quincy, defrauded Medicare out of almost $1.5 million by submitting false reimbursement claims to Medicare for durable medical equipment ("DME"). Evidence revealed that EZE engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting hundreds of false claims to, and receiving reimbursement from, Medicare for DME that had not actually been prescribed by any doctor, and in many cases had not been provided to any Medicare beneficiary. The evidence further proved that EZE made a false statement in his Medicare Enrollment Application by intentionally omitting the name of an individual who had an ownership, financial, or control interest in Kings Enterprize, and who in fact received approximately 75% of Kings Enterprize’s gross proceeds.

Judge Woodlock scheduled sentencing for July 26, 2010. EZE faces up to 10 years imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeremy M. Sternberg and Amanda P. M. Strachan of Ortiz's Health Care Fraud Unit.

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