Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested a Sugar Land man Monday for defrauding the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Enohor V. Akarue, 47, owner of Rosewood Medical Supplies in Houston, was indicted by a Harris County grand jury Friday, when he was charged with a first-degree felony.
Yesterday’s arrest came after a joint investigation by the Houston FBI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General and the Texas Attorney General. The investigation scrutinized the suspect’s Medicaid and Medicare billing records for wheelchairs that were either never delivered or not medically necessary.
The indictment is based on allegations that Akarue billed Medicare and Medicaid from July 2002 through June 2003 for wheelchairs that were never delivered or not medically necessary. The defendant is also charged with charging the government for expensive devices, but actually delivering much less expensive scooters to patients. The suspected overpayments to Akarue by Medicare are $564,000, with another $53,500 coming from Medicaid.