Eight more medical professionals – including two doctors – have been taken into police custody as the result of a nationwide Medicare Fraud sweep by federal law enforcement agents.
All suspects were charged with billing Medicare for more than $12,000,000 for procedures that were never done, or medical products that were not needed.
The two physicians operated Pacific Clinic in Orange County. Doctor George Tarryk, age 73 of Seal Beach, and Doctor Augustus Ohemeng, 62, of Buena Park, are accused of submitting more than $5,000,000 in false claims to Medicare, in a medical equipment scam. Another defendant, George S. Laing, age 41 of Sylmar, who managed the clinic, is believed to have been paid kickbacks for referring fake prescriptions to Ivy Medical Supply, owned by another co-defendant, Emmanuel Chidueme, 59, of Mira Loma. All four were arrested last summer.
Federal prosecutors told reporters that in another case, two other people have surrendered as a result of charges related to Greatcare Home Health, a business that apparently received at least $4,000,000 million in payments from Medicare for services that were either never performed or performed by unlicensed staff. The operator of the company, Hee Jung Mun, pleaded guilty to paying illegal cash to doctors to recruit Medicare beneficiaries. Yeong Ja Lee also appeared in federal court on charges that she treated patients with no medical license, as well as generating fake documents. Sang Whan Ahn, of Koreatown, is also scheduled to appear on charges that she acted as a patient recruiter and took money for referring patients to Greatcare.
In yet another case, Bolademi Adetola, 46, of Harbor City, and Yuri Martin Lopez, 46, of Lawndale, have been charged with obtaining fraudulent prescriptions for Adetola’s company, Latay Medical Services, which submitted more than $8,000,000 in false claims to Medicare for electric wheelchairs and hospital beds that were either not provided or medically unnecessary.
According to federal law enforcement press releases, a total of 107 people have been arrested in the coordinated crime sweep that spanned seven cities.
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Doctor Augustus Ohemeng, age 62, was found guilty yesterday afternoon on six felony counts of Health Care Fraud. Over a four-year period, Ohemeng signed hundreds of fraudulent prescriptions for such items as expensive electric wheelchairs for patients who could walk, which resulted in Medicare payouts of nearly $3,000,000.
Dr Augustus Ohemeng
Ohemeng MD, who faces a 60-year prison term, was one of 10 defendants charged as the result of investigations into Pacific Clinic, Ivy Medical Supply in Anaheim, and Santos Medical Supply. All 10 defendants, including the owner of Ivy Medical Supply, were foud guilty.