A federal jury in Los Angeles found an Anaheim physician and two others guilty this week for their roles in a $1.5-million Medicare fraud scheme involving power wheelchairs.
At trial, federal prosecutors said that Godwin Onyeabor, 49, an officer at Fendih Medical Supply Inc. in San Bernardino, paid kickbacks to physician Sri J. Wijegunaratne, 58, and another healthcare professional, Heidi Morishita, 48, for fraudulent prescriptions for durable medical equipment.
Officials said that as a result of this scheme, which ran from 2007 to 2012, those prescriptions were used to bill Medicare $1.5 million for false and fraudulent claims. Medicare paid nearly $1 million on these claims.
Several Medicare patients testified at trial that they were lured to medical clinics with the promise of free items such as vitamins and juice, only to get power wheelchairs they didn't need.