Physician, Home Health Agency Nursing Director sentenced in $3M Medicare fraud conspiracy

DALLAS physician and a home health agency manager were sentenced this week for their roles in a $3 million Medicare fraud conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Salda of the Northern District of Texas.
Joseph Megwa, M.D., 60, of Arlington, Texas, and Ebolose Eghobor, R.N., 49, of Grand Prairie, Texas, were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Ed Knikeade to 120 months and 48 months respectively, in federal prison. In May 2014, Megwa and Eghobor were each convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. In addition, Mega was convicted on three counts of health care fraud and four counts of making false statements related to a health care benefit program based on his submission of false claims to Medicare for home visits or house calls to patients that he never actually made.
The home health care convictions related to a scheme involving PTM Healthcare Services Inc. (PTM), which was owned and operated by Ferguson Ikhile, R.N. Ikhile, 56, of Irving, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2013 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 14 2015.