Ex-home healthcare agency co-owner imprisoned

June 14, 2012 2:19:01 AM PDT
A former co-owner of a Houston home healthcare agency received as 9-year prison sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy and kickback charges for filing fraudulent Medicare claims.

A federal judge also ordered Clifford Ubani and nine co-defendants to pay restitution totaling $4.2 million. U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas of Houston also ordered the former co-owner and finance chief of Family Healthcare Group Wednesday to serve 3 years of supervised release.

A Justice Department statement says Ubani and others recruited Medicare beneficiaries to agree to allow their names to be used on fraudulent, unnecessary Medicare claims.

Ubani is the eighth defendant to be sentenced in the case. Co-owner Princewill Njoku and patient recruiter Cynthia Garza Williams await sentencing.