Houston nurse convicted in $8M Medicare fraud scheme

A federal jury convicted a registered nurse of participating in an $8 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false claims for home health services, according to the Department of Justice.

According to evidence presented at trial, Ann Anyanwu and others employed by Houston-based Medpsych Home Health Care submitted approximately $8 million in false and fraudulent claims for home health services to Medicare. Evidence exhibited at trial showed that the patients that were billed did not receive home health services and that many did not qualify them.

DOJ officials also said Ms. Anyanwu falsified medical records for nursing services she never provided.

Two others were charged for their roles in the scheme. Former owner, director of nursing and administrator Precious Deshield and owner and operator Ronald Johnson also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.

Ms. Deshield and Mr. Johnson currently await sentencing. Ms. Anyanwu's sentencing is scheduled to take place in early September.

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