Charge made in $3 million PWC scheme

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

HOUSTON - The owner of Legend Medical Services pleaded guilty on May 2 to a charge stemming from an investigation into $3.3 million worth of allegedly fraudulent Medicare claims for power wheelchairs and scooters.
Christie Udoh pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of not reporting a felony, after claiming she was not initially aware of a scheme whereby beneficiaries in Texas and southern Louisiana were recruited to bill Medicare for mobility devices they did not need.
Udoh's husband, Obot Udoh, is currently on trial for fraud charges related to the scheme.
Federal prosecutors allege that the Udohs paid doctors to falsify paperwork to secure payment from Medicare. They also allege that the Udohs billed Medicare for wheelchairs but provided less expensive scooters.