Akinola Afolabi Gets 30 Months for Billing Medicare $2.6 mil for Unneeded Equipment

Big money flowed from the government.
Big money flowed from the government.
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A Long Beach man who used to own a medical equipment supply company--and pleaded guilty in August 2013 to a $2.6 million Medicare fraud scheme involving unnecessary power wheelchairs--was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution. Akinola Afolabi, the ex-owner and president of Emmanuel Medical Supply, paid "marketers" to obtain Medicare beneficiary information that he used on the false medical documents, prescriptions for the chairs and claims for benefits. Some beneficiaries did not even receive the equipment or any medical supplies that were on the bills Afolabi submitted to Medicare--to the tune of about $2.6 million.

Akinola Afolabi Convicted in Scam Billing Medicare $2.6 mil for Unneeded Wheelchairs

Medicare paid nearly $1.5 on those claims.

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