Cyprian Akamnonu, of an Arlington-area health services company, has admitted to playing a part in Medicare fraud of $374 million in unnecessary services that were never performed.
Akamnonu entered his guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay in Dallas federal court.
Court documents show that from January 2006 through November 2011, Roy and his co-conspirators allegedly certified more than 78 percent of the beneficiaries serviced by Akamnonu’s company.
Beginning in January 2006, Akamnonu, and his wife Pat owned and operated Ultimate Care Home Health Services Inc, according to a Department of Justice statement. Akamnonu directed his wife and others to recruit Medicare beneficiaries from Dallas neighborhoods for services they didn’t need or qualify for. Akamnonu would then take prescriptions for home health services to the Medistat Group Associates P.A., owned and operated by co-defendant Jacques Roy, M.D., the documents allege.
At sentencing, scheduled for Feb. 4, Akamnonu faces a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy count. As part of his plea agreement, he has also agreed not to contest the forfeiture of 21 properties, four automobiles, and funds in a number of personal and business accounts connected to proceeds of the fraud.