Texas brothers plead guilty to wheelchair fraud
June 14, 2004
SHERMAN, Texas - Two brothers who owned medical equipment companies in North Texas pleaded guilty last month to submitting fraudulent bills for power wheelchairs to Medicare between August 2002 and July 2003, the Associated Press reported June 9.
Anietie Edoho-Ukwa admitted his company, Grace Medical Services in McKinney, submitted 10 fraudulent claims totaling nearly $95,000 for power. Ukwa Edoho-Ukwa admitted his company, Genesys Medical Equipment in Frisco, submitted nine fraudulent claims totaling more than $75,000 for power wheelchairs.
In all instance, Medicare beneficiaries either never the chair or were given a cheaper scooter instead.
Each could face a maximum sentence for 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The sentencing is set for Sept. 30.