Richmond Couple Arrested for Health Care Fraud

WASHINGTON, January 30, 2014 – The operator and director of nursing of a home health agency based in Richmond, Texas, was arrested yesterday for her alleged role in a Medicare fraud scheme and a conspiracy to structure bank withdrawals. The owner and operator of the same home health agency was also arrested yesterday for his alleged role in the conspiracy to structure bank withdrawals.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Stephen L. Morris of the FBI’s Houston Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Lucy Cruz of the Houston Field Office of the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI), Special Agent in Charge William Fergus of the Chicago Regional Office of the United States Railroad Retirement Board-Office of Inspector General (RRB-OIG), Special Agent in Charge Mike Fields of the Dallas Regional Office of HHS’s Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) made the announcement.

The director of nursing, Stella Maduka, 49, of Richmond, was charged with one count of health care fraud and eight counts of structuring withdrawals, which each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and one count of making false statements relating to health care matters and one count of conspiracy to structure bank withdrawals to avoid reporting requirements, which each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The owner, Felix Maduka, 54, of Richmond, who is also Stella Maduka’s husband, was charged with one count of conspiracy to structure bank withdrawals to avoid reporting requirements and eight counts of structuring bank withdrawals.

According to the indictment, Stella Maduka used a Texas-based billing service to bill Medicare for home health services that were never provided and, in many instances, not medically necessary. Stella Maduka also created phony medical records to perpetrate the healthcare fraud. Stella Maduka and Felix Maduka structured more than $100,000 in cash withdrawals from the bank accounts where they received Medicare payments to avoid detection by the federal government.

An indictment is merely a formal accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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