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HOUSTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MULTI-STATE HEALTH CARE FRAUD SCHEME
TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that Sunday Adebisi, 59, of Houston, Texas, has pleaded guilty in connection with a multi-state health care fraud scheme.
Adebisi appeared today in federal court before United States Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. At sentencing, Adebisi faces up to 5 years in prison in addition to court ordered restitution and criminal forfeiture. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
On August 1, 2012, a federal grand jury returned a sixteen count indictment charging Adebisi, the owner of a Maryland medical supply company, with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, from January 2007 through September 2009, Adebisi and others carried out a scheme to defraud Medicare through the marketing of power wheelchairs and accessories, as well as “ortho kits,” which primarily consisted of a bag of orthotic items, including braces, wraps, and supports, and a heat lamp or heat pad. As part of the scheme, the defendant and his co-conspirators illegally obtained protected health information, including names, dates of birth, and Medicare numbers from elderly individuals. Adebisi supplied beneficiaries with kits and power wheelchairs which were not prescribed or otherwise authorized by a physician and which were not wanted by the beneficiaries. Claims were submitted by the defendant for approximately 480 beneficiaries located in Texas, Louisiana, and elsewhere. Adebisi submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare of more than $2.4 million and obtained more than $855,000.
The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by agents from the United States Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and the Texas Office of the Attorney General – Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (OAG-MFCU).
Assistant United States Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld is prosecuting this case for the Government.