Owner of Maryland mental health services provider sentenced to three years for submitting false Medicaid claims

GREENBELT, MD—The owner of a Maryland mental health care services provider has been sentenced to three years in prison for submitting false claims to Medicaid for services that were never rendered. Julius Bakari, 46, of Silver Spring, owned and operated Holy Health Care Services, LLC. The company provided mental health services, including community support, to Medicaid beneficiaries. Between 2015 and […]

Baltimore County serial fraudster sentenced to 5 years in prison, ordered to pay $4.2 million in restitution

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore County resident has been sentenced to prison for wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has sentenced Adeyanju Adewale, 40, of Reisterstown, to five years in federal prison, followed by one year of home detention as part of three years of supervised release, for a wire fraud conspiracy that resulted in a loss of millions of […]

Maryland physician sentenced in felony Medicaid fraud investigation

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has announced the sentencing of Vitalis Ohakwe Ojiegbe, 68, of Bowie, who pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid Fraud for writing prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances without a legitimate medical purpose in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County in June. The Honorable Judge Carol Coderre sentenced Ojiegbe to a five-year suspended […]

Governor Moore announces new Medicaid benefits to enhance health care access for Marylanders

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Wes Moore has announced the introduction of new Medicaid benefits that will enhance health care access and support for Marylanders. The new benefits expand pregnancy care coverage, support interventions for community violence prevention, and increase access to care for certified peer recovery services, in addition to expanding the settings where such services are provided. “These new benefits will […]

New Inflation Tracker: Cost of Maryland’s basics rising faster than CPI

BALTIMORE, MD—The cost of household essentials in Maryland has risen at a faster clip than inflation, leaving low-wage workers priced out of affording the basics, according to United Way of Maryland and research partner, United For ALICE. Over the course of 15 years, low-wage jobs didn’t keep up with the increased cost of essentials. Workers in retail sales, the most […]

Governor Moore signs service year program for high school seniors into law, legislation committed to education and public safety

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Wes Moore this week presided over the Moore-Miller Administration’s third bill signing. The governor implemented a service year program for graduating seniors, signed investments in education, invested millions in aid to make Maryland’s communities safer, and enacted legislation to help rebuild the state government. “Leaving no one behind means delivering a world-class education to all of our children, […]

Philips subsidiary to pay over $24 million to settle false claims allegations

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown this week announced that Maryland has joined with other states and the federal government in reaching an agreement with Philips RS North America LLC, (formerly known as Respironics Inc.), a manufacturer of durable medical equipment (DME) based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The settlement resolves False Claims Act allegations that Respironics misled federal health care […]

Maryland hospital to pay more than $2 million to resolve False Claims Act case regarding Medicare, Medicaid

BALTIMORE, MD—A Maryland health care facility will pay more than $2 million to resolve a False Claims Act case regarding the billing of services to Medicare and Medicaid. Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center, Inc., (“DCMC”), and Diagnostic Imaging Associates, LLC (“DIA”), both located in Lanham, have agreed to pay the United States $2,002,052.17 to resolve allegations that they violated […]