New York Men Sentenced in Health Care
Fraud Wheelchair Scam
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Today, ADEDAYO O. ADEGBOYE and OLALEKAN RUFAI, both age 48, and both of Brooklyn, New York, were each sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti to serve 12 months and one day in prison for health care fraud in connection with the sale of power wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories to Medicare beneficiaries, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. In addition, Judge DeGiusti ordered that the men pay restitution in the amount of $299,624.
Adegboye and Rufai opened First Century Medical Supply, Inc., located in Oklahoma City, to engage in the business of selling power wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories to Medicare beneficiaries. Evidence presented at trial last August showed that from 2007 through 2009 the business obtained identification numbers and personal information from Medicare beneficiaries and used that information to submit claims to Medicare for power wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories. Evidence also showed that the defendants billed Medicare for some beneficiaries who did not receive a power wheelchair at all, some who received a less expensive motorized scooter, and for others who did not have a medical need for a wheelchair or did not even request a wheelchair. In all, the evidence showed that through First Century the defendants submitted over $1.1 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.
Adegboye and Rufai were indicted by a federal grand jury in January of 2011. Following a six-day trial last August, a jury found both men guilty of committing five counts of health care fraud.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Amanda L. Maxfield Green and Vicki Zemp Behenna.