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March 30, 2017

Posted  April 24, 2017

Godwin Oriakhi, owner of five Houston-area home health agencies pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud Medicare and the State of Texas’s Medicaid-funded Home and Community-Based Service and Primary Home Care programs of more than $17 million.  According to his plea, Oriakhi admitted that he, his daughter and co-defendant Idia Oriakhi, and other members of his family owned and operated: Aabraham Blessings LLC, Baptist Home Care Providers Inc., Community Wide Home Health Inc., Four Seasons Home Healthcare Inc. and Kis Med Concepts Inc., and that they obtained patients for these home health agencies by paying illegal kickback payments to patient recruiters and his office employees for hundreds of patient referrals.  Oriakhi also admitted that they paid Medicare and Medicaid patients by cash, check, Western Union and Moneygram for receiving services from his family’s home health agencies in exchange for the ability to use their Medicare and Medicaid numbers to bill the programs for home healthcare. DOJ

Tagged in: Anti-Kickback and Stark, Healthcare Fraud, Home Health and Hospice, Medicaid,