Federal indictments allege $110 million Medicare fraud schemes

Published: Jun. 19, 2015 at 12:15 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 19, 2015 at 12:27 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Federal prosecutors say 11 people now face charges related to fraud schemes based in the New Orleans area that submitted almost $110 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.

Included in those charged are two doctors and a clinical psychologist.

A news release from the Department of Justice details the cases. According to the court documents, Christian Home Health Care, Inc. Falsely claimed it served thousands of Medicare recipients in and around the New Orleans area with home health care services. Prosecutors say Elaine Davis, Pramela Ganji, M.D., and Godwin Ogboukiri, M.D. submitted $33.2 million in claims for home health care services to Medicare through Christian Home Health Care, Inc. Investigators say the most of those claims were fraudulent.

A separate grand jury in New Orleans charged Shila White with defrauding Medicare. Investigators accuse White of fraudulently billing Medicare for psychotherapy services supposed provided by her company, Brandye's House of New Orleans. But, the indictment says White used the Medicare provider number of a licensed clinical social worker who did not work for Brandye's house without authorization. The indictment alleges virtually all of the $1.8 million dollars in Medicare claims submitted by Brandye's house were fraudulent.

In another New Orleans case, the government accuses Louella Givens submitting millions of allegedly fraudulent home health care claims to Medicare through two companies, Maxima Home Health Services and House Call Home Health Care.

Additional indictments charged defendants with operating fraudulent schemes in multiple states, including Louisiana.

The cases grew out of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force under the supervision of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

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