(PHOTO) Nigerian Convicted In Texas For $1.3M Medicare Fraud Posing As A Physician

by Ike Obudulu Last updated on March 24th, 2017,

(PHOTO) Nigerian-American man, Rex Duruji, 56, of Houston, convicted In Texas For $1.3M Medicare Fraud Posing As A Physician. A federal jury in Houston convicted an unlicensed medical professional who was posing as a physician yesterday for his participation in a $1.3 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office and Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Dallas Regional Office made the announcement.

Rex Duruji, 56, of Houston, was convicted yesterday of one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay healthcare kickbacks and one count of healthcare fraud following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt of the Southern District of Texas. Duruji is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8, 2017.

According to evidence presented at trial, from January 2012 until May 2015, Duruji engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicare by posing as a licensed physician, although he did not possess a medical license in the State of Texas. The evidence presented at trial showed that Duruji posed as a physician to induce Medicare beneficiaries to sign up for fraudulent home-health services with Koby Home Health (Koby) that were not actually provided and paid illegal cash kickbacks to the beneficiaries for those claims. According to evidence at trial, Medicare paid approximately $1.3 million in false and fraudulent claims for scam home-health services submitted by Koby.

The FBI and HHS-OIG investigated the case. Trial Attorneys Scott Armstrong and Kevin Lowell of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.

REX DURUJI was charged together with his partner in crime, another Nigerian American NKIRU IBEABUCHI. Nkiru Ibeabuchi’s attorneys earlier asked for a plea deal for her to plead guilty in exchange for a shorter prison sentence. The details of the deal have not been released. Nkiru Ibeabuchi is principal of Koby Home Health which they used in the scam with “Dr. Rex-Paulinus Chimezig Duruji” as the “Physician”.

Nigerians are the most educated, hardworking and successful foreigners wherever they live across the globe. Unfortunately, it is the actions of a few like REX DURUJI and NKIRU IBEABUCH that create all the bad press for Nigeria wherein any mention of Nigeria brings up images of medicare fraud, advance fee fraud, 419, Yahoo Yahoo, .
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Ike Obudulu

Ike Obudulu

Versatile Certified Fraud Examiner, Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor with an MBA in Finance And Investments who has both worked for and consulted with some of the world's largest companies on main street and wall street in over 20 countries, Ike brings his extensive reporting and investigations experience to bear on his role as Chief Editor.
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