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November 25, 2020 09:00pm
By Sara Karlovitch, Assistant Editor
Physician imposter charged in health care fraud scheme.
An unlicensed medical professional who posed as a physician was convicted for his role in a $1.3 million Medicare fraud scheme.
Houston-based Rex Duruji was convicted on Friday for 1 count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 1 count of conspiracy to pay health care kickbacks, and 1 count of health care fraud, according to the Department of Justice.
From January 2012 to May 2015, Duruji engaged in a Medicare fraud scheme by posing as a licensed physician, despite not having a medical license in Texas.
“The evidence presented at trial showed that Duruji posed as a physician to induce Medicare beneficiaries to sign up for fraudulent home-health services with Koby Home Health that were not actually provided and paid illegal cash kickbacks to the beneficiaries for those claims,” according to the DOJ.
Evidence provided at trial showed that Medicare paid approximately $1.3 million in false and fraudulent claims for home-health services submitted by Koby.
Duruji is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8, 2017.