CSAO: East Hartford Doctor Convicted Of Medicaid Fraud

East Hartford Doctor Convicted Of Medicaid Fraud

An East Hartford doctor pleaded no contest today to billing the state’s Medicaid program for an office visit during which he sexually assaulted a patient.

EDWIN AMOBI NJOKU, age 53, of Burnside Avenue in East Hartford, was convicted in Hartford Superior Court of one count of Larceny in the Second Degree By Defrauding A Public Community, a class C felony.

According to information presented in court, on October 22, 2011, a female patient, who is a Medicaid recipient, went to Njoku’s Burnside Avenue office for treatment of lower back pain. Instead, Njoku sexually assaulted her and then billed the state’s Medicaid program $37.48 for medical treatment that was never given.

Njoku was convicted on August 1, 2013, in a separate proceeding of Fourth Degree Sexual Assault and Tampering with a Witness. On October 15, 2013, he was sentenced to a total effective term of 10 years imprisonment, suspended after 5 years served, and 5 years probation.

As a result of today’s plea, Judge Joan K. Alexander sentenced Njoku to an additional term of 18 months imprisonment, to be served concurrently with the previously imposed sentence for the sexual assault. Because this conviction is for a fraud-related felony, Njoku also faces mandatory federal exclusion by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Excluded individuals are not allowed to receive payment for providing Medicare and Medicaid covered services in any capacity unless and until they are reinstated.

The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a national list of all individuals who are excluded from receiving reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. Follow this link for a comprehensive list of all such individuals.

Content Last Modified on 11/13/2013 4:38:44 PM