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D.C. doctor gets 4-year prison term for Medicaid fraud

District doctor Ehigiator O. Akhigbe, 56, has been sentenced to 53 months in prison for fraudulently billing for services he never provided, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District and FBI Washington Field Office announced.

Akhigbe, who operated under the auspices of Mercigab Medical Center and Pain Clinic in the 5400 block of Illinois Avenue NW, billed approximately $134,000 for nonexistent surgical procedures, office visits and follow-up care to low-income patients covered by the District's Medicaid program.

Akhigbe submitted the bogus bills between December 2002 and May 2005, according to information presented during his federal trial which ended with a jury conviction in December for one count of Health Care Fraud and sixteen counts of False Statements in Health Care Matters.

The doctor was sentenced Friday in the District by visiting Senior U.S. District Court Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  March 23, 2010; 1:46 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Mary Pat Flaherty , The District  
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Was $134,000 worth losing one's medical license and practice, getting a felony rap-sheet and going to jail? I guess obviously for the greedy and stupid it's worth it.

If he is a pain specialist, those guys make decent money the honest way. $130K is chump change in the grand scheme of things over a 3 year period.

Posted by: jabreal00 | March 23, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The real question is why anyone would go to a doctor named Ehigiator O. Akhigbe.

Posted by: checkered1 | March 23, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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