Former Owner of Emmanuel Medical Supply Pleads Guilty to $2.6 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Akinola Afolabi, former owner and president of Emmanuel Medical Supply located in Long Beach, California, plead guilty to engaging in a Medicare fraud scheme from June 2006 through September 2009 wherein he submitted over $2 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare for providing medically unnecessary power wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment to Medicare beneficiaries.  He obtained the Medicare beneficiaries’ information through various schemes including paying marketers for referrals of beneficiary information.  Afolabi used the information to submit or cause the submission of false and fraudulent claims for wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment.  Afolabi knew that the prescriptions and medical documents for the wheelchairs and durable medical equipment were fraudulent. He also admitted that some of the beneficiaries did not receive the equipment even though he certified to Medicare with each submitted claim that the equipment was received and medically necessary.

Afolabi submitted over $2 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and was reimbursed approximately $1,490,532 on the claims.  Afolabi faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250, 000 fine at his sentencing scheduled for November 25, 2013.

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