Physician imposter convicted in Medicare fraud scheme

A man who posed as a licensed physician to convince Medicare beneficiaries to sign up for home health services was convicted March 2 for his participation in a $1.3 million fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice.

According to evidence presented at trial, 56-year-old Rex Duruji posed a physician from January 2012 to May 2015 to get Medicare beneficiaries to sign up for Houston-based Koby Home Health's services. The services were not actually provided, and Mr. Duruji paid kickbacks to the beneficiaries for those claims. Medicare paid about $1.3 million in false claims for home health services submitted by Koby through the scheme. 

Mr. Duruji was convicted of one count each of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, conspiracy to pay healthcare kickbacks and healthcare fraud.

Mr. Duruji is scheduled to be sentenced May 8, according to the DOJ.

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