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Ademola O. Gbadegesin sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $327,755 in restitution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2012

Mike Tobin, Public Affairs Specialist, (216) 622-3651

Ademola O. Gbadegesin was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $327,755 in restitution after previously pleading guilty to five counts of health care fraud, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today.

Gbadegesin, 36, of Cleveland, operated an ambulette company called Sun Tun Transportation. He admitted to scheming to defraud Medicaid $327,755 by charging Medicaid for rides of patients who did not use wheelchairs or require the need of wheelchairs.

“The Justice Department remains committed to stopping fraud and misuse of taxpayers’ money,” Dettelbach said.

“Aubse of the Medicaid system is unacceptable, especially when it comes to patients’ safety,” DeWine said. “We will continue to work side-by-side with other agencies to see that patients are treated fairly and funds are spent properly.”

Ambulette services contract with the Ohio Medicaid program to transport patients in vehicles known as ambulettes. An ambulette is a specially equipped van designed for wheelchair passengers. Medicaid pays ambulette operators for driving Medicaid patients to and from Medicaid-covered appointments, so long as: (1) the patient rides in a wheelchair; (2) a medical doctor certifies the need for the wheelchair and ambulette; and (3) the ambulette itself otherwise meets safety specifications.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. Collyer and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Constance Nearhood, an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio.

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