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Va. authorities seek man tied to Medicaid billing scam

Josh White

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

By Josh White  |  May 19, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  Financial Crimes , Josh White , Pr. William  
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Comments

Let me guess...he's Nigerian.

Posted by: TooManyPeople | May 19, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess... he's Nigerian.

Posted by: TooManyPeople | May 19, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

This is peanut compared to what the Cameroonian lady stole awhile back ago. Money is evil.

Posted by: camty | May 19, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Nigerian scams!

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 19, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Heres's what they do. They send a home health rep to someone's house and give them $40 to clean their house (yes, the home health pays the individual AND cleans their house). In return, they ask the person to fill out a home health form. They then bill it as home health. They continue to provide ongoing cleaning, and continue to bill home health (as if there is a home health aid there every day). Adds up to a lot of money.

Most of the agencies are run by Africans (Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana), and when the feds catch on, they flee back to their home country. This guy is probably long gone by now.

Posted by: 123cartoon | May 19, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

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