Nurse gets jail time for $393K billing fraud scheme

A nurse has been sentenced to one year in jail for stealing more than $390,000 from Medicaid over a five-year period, New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced June 25.

An investigation by the attorney general's office revealed Collins Anyanwu-Mueller, RN, submitted false claims to Medicaid for private-duty nursing services that he never provided to two severely disabled patients.

He submitted false claims for services when the recipients were in the hospital, when another nurse provided the care and when he was out of the country. He also sent an unlicensed person to care for one of the patients, but billed Medicaid as if he provided the services himself.

In November, Mr. Anyanwu-Mueller pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the third degree. He has repaid the state of New York $25,000 and has agreed to pay the remaining $367,954 in restitution owed.

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