Siblings swindle government

Sunday, May 31, 2009

HOUSTON--A federal grand jury in May indicted brother and sister Benjamin and Rose Essien on charges of conspiracy, eight counts of healthcare fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft for fraudulently filing claims to Medicaid. Between April 2004 and August 2006, the siblings allegedly billed Medicaid $1,782,861 for adult diapers and other incontinence supplies through their company, Logic World Medical. The supplies were either not delivered to Medicaid beneficiaries, delivered in fewer quantities than were requested in claims, or provided when not requested and not prescribed.