February 03, 2006
PSYCHIATRIST CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING MEDICAID
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Dr. Oparaugo Ihentuge Udebiuwa has been charged with defrauding
the Medicaid program by billing Medicaid for services that were
never provided. Udebiuwa, 46, of the 400 block of Central Avenue
in Davidsonsville, Maryland is a licensed psychiatrist who was
enrolled in the Medicaid Program as a Medicaid Provider.
Udebiuwa, whose practice was located on Park Heights Avenue in
Baltimore City, was charged by the Baltimore City Grand Jury with
seven counts of Felony Medicaid Fraud and with one count of Felony
Theft from the Medicaid Program. Medicaid is a joint state and
federal-funded program that provides health services to the indigent.
The case was referred to Attorney General Curran’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit from the Mental Hygiene Administration
administers mental health services for the Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene. An indictment is an accusation based upon a
finding of probable cause by the grand jury. All persons are considered
innocent unless proven guilty. Felony Medicaid Fraud is punishable
by up to five years in jail and a $100,000 fine. Felony Theft is
punishable by up to 15 years in jail and a $25,000 fine. If convicted,
Udebiuwa may also be ordered to pay restitution of up to three
times the amount allegedly stolen from the Medicaid program.
An arraignment date is set for March 1, 2006 in the Circuit Court
for Baltimore City.