Medicaid Fraud Arrests Throughout PGCo (Demo)

A bunch, a vat, a gaggle, whatever you want to call it. MANY residents of our county have been arrested by the FBI in a Medicaid scheme that is making national news.  U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen announced that Florence Bikundi of Bowie, MD aka Florence Ngwe and Florence Igwacho, and owner of Global Healthcare Inc. and  Flo-Diamond Inc. is charged in a federal indictment with health care fraud, Medicaid fraud, and other charges in a scheme to secure more than $75 million in D.C. Medicaid payments, even though she was barred from participating in any federal health care programs.   Bank accounts associated with Florence Bikundi were seized. The  46 bank accounts contained funds received from D.C. Medicaid.  In addition, six vehicles purchased with proceeds from the various schemes were seized: a Cadillac Escalade, a Mercedes Benz, a Porsche Panamera, a Land Rover, a Range Rover, and a BMW were seized from Bikundi; and a Toyota Highlander was seized from Etchi-Banyi. The indictment against Bikundi also alleges that her residence is subject to forfeiture, as it was purchased with funds she received from D.C. Medicaid.  See the video below for a look at just how lavishly she was living.

Five individuals, including the owner of a nurse staffing agency, are charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, and other charges in a scheme that allegedly defrauded D.C. Medicaid out of more than $498,000.
 FraudEtchi-Banyi, 30, of College Park, Maryland, owner of Ultimate Goal Home Care Agency Inc., a nurse staffing agency based in College Park, Maryland. Banyi is accused of conspiring with four named defendants to get Medicaid payments for personal care services that never were provided. According to the indictment, from February 2012 to October 2013, Etchi-Banyi and others recruited at least 19 D.C. Medicaid beneficiaries to sign up for personal care and other services that they actually would not receive. The beneficiaries were paid kickbacks to sign up, the indictment alleges, and coached by Etchi-Banyi on what to tell doctors in order to justify their entitlement for personal home care. The defendants then allegedly paid additional kickbacks to the beneficiaries to prepare false timesheets for home care services that were not provided. These timesheets were used to bill D.C. Medicaid at least $498,000 for services not provided, the indictment alleges.
In addition to Etchi-Banyi, those indicted include three purported personal care aides who worked for Ultimate Care: Oyebola Hammed Babarinde, 25, of Forestville, Maryland; Oluwatoyin Bakare, 25, of Laurel, Maryland; and Cecilia Acquah, 32, of Silver Spring, Maryland, who also was the office manager. Also indicted was Oyebisi Zaart Babarinde, 31, of Forestville, Maryland, the sister of Oyebola Hammed Babarinde; she worked for a home care agency.
Felix Aburi Fon, 41, and wife, Mirabel Tenjoh Mukum, 32, both of Takoma Park charged for recruiting two D.C. Medicaid beneficiaries into the scheme by offering kickbacks to sign up for personal care services and help submit false timesheets for work that was not performed.  The pair submitted $124,000 in allegedly fraudulent claims to D.C. Medicaid, which were paid to Nursing Unlimited Services Inc. and Vizion One.
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