Va. authorities seek man tied to Medicaid billing scam
Prince William County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man they have linked to a significant Virginia Medicaid fraud scam over the past two years.
They say Godwin Ikwuakam, 47, of Gideon Court in Fredericksburg, directed his Woodbridge company to overbill insurance companies for the services of home health aides the company provided. Police said Ikwuakam billed the companies for more hours than the aides submitted on their timesheets, ultimately defrauding Virginia Medicaid.
The Virginia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is investigating the case against First Call Home Health; the unit obtained warrants for Ikwuakam’s arrest on May 5.
The same day, police arrested Yanik Pierre, 49, of Woodbridge, in connection with the alleged scheme. Pierre faces one count of obtaining money by false pretenses and is held without bond in the county jail awaiting a scheduled court date on June 9.
Police said First Call Home Health billed Virginia Medicaid $32,108.88 in 2008 and more than $1 million in 2009.
Ikwaukam is described as a black male, 5’11” and about 240 pounds. Anyone with information about his whereabouts can call Prince William County Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS. The information, which can be left anonymously, could result in a reward of up to $1,000.
-- Josh White
May 19, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
Categories: Financial Crimes , Josh White , Pr. William
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