Medical Supplier Sentenced to 5-plus years in Medicare Scheme

1 decade 1 year 9 months ago Wednesday, February 21 2007 Feb 21, 2007 Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:58:40 PM CST February 21, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY (AP) - The owner of a Kansas City-area medical supply company was sentenced Wednesday to five years and three months in prison without parole. Kennedy Igbokwe was also ordered to pay $750,000 in restitution for his part in a scheme that bilked Medicare out of millions of dollars. He also has to forfeit $500,000 in cash and the contents of a bank account. Igbokwe is a Nigerian citizen who owned and operated Cardinal Healthcare. He was convicted in August of health care fraud, illegally structuring currency transactions and money laundering. Authorities alleged that two doctors would visit nursing homes and senior centers to recruit people who didn't need motorized wheelchairs. Then, they would give Igbokwe and two other medical supply company owners fake certificates to bill the government for the expensive wheelchairs.

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