Here we have yet another Orange County, California physician caught in a health insurance scam: this one involving theft from Medicare of nearly $3,000,000.
Dr Augustus K Ohemeng
U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder in Los Angeles sentenced Doctor Augustus Ohemeng, of Buena Park, to three years in prison, and ordered him to pay $2,000,000 in restitution.
Ohemeng, age 62, had been convicted earlier this year on six counts of Healthcare Fraud.
Federal investigators told the court that Ohemeng, the medical director at Pacific Clinic
in Long Beach, would routinely recruit Medicare ‘patients,’ and then bill the insurance provider for exams that included medically unnecessary procedures. According to court records, Ohemeng, an internal medicine specialist, would write fake prescriptions for expensive medical equipment, such as electric wheelchairs, for people who had no need for them.
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We suspect it’s of some significance to advise our readers that Ohemeng is – as of July 28 – the 1,349th physician to be found culpable of felony-level misbehavior, since New Year’s Day, 2013. But let’s all keep pretending it isn’t happening.
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