Monday, January 21, 2013

Allwell Tam Inimgba Sentenced For Health Care Fraud

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 52-year-old Brooklyn Park man was sentenced for executing a scheme to defraud Medicaid out of more than $500,000. United States District Court Judge David S. Doty sentenced Allwell Tam Inimgba to 18 months in prison on one count of health care fraud. Inimgba, was charged on September 21, 2012, and pleaded guilty on October 9, 2012.

In his plea agreement, Inimgba admitted that from January of 2006 to March of 2009, he executed a scheme to defraud Medicaid, a federal health benefit program, by billing it for services supposedly provided by Registered Nurses (“RNs”), when that was not the case. At the time, Inimgba was the responsible billing party for Victory Home Care, Inc. (“Victory”), a home health care agency that provided, or purported to provide, RN services to Medicaid recipients.

During the time period noted above, Inimgba billed Medicaid for more than 20,000 hours of services supposedly provided to various clients by RNs, and Medicaid paid Victory more than $1,400,000 as a result of those claims. However, RNs provided far less care than noted in Victory’s claims. In fact, approximately $513,734 awarded to Victory was ultimately found to be for work not done by RNs.

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