June 9, 2006
PSYCHIATRIST PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING MEDICAID
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Dr. Oparaugo Ihentuge Udebiuwa has pleaded guilty to defrauding
the Medicaid program by billing Medicaid for services that were
never provided. Udebiuwa, 46, of the 400 block of West Central
Avenue in Davidsonville, Maryland is a psychiatrist who was enrolled
in the Medicaid Program as a Medicaid Provider.
Udebiuwa’s practice was located on Park Heights
Avenue in Baltimore City. He pleaded guilty to 5 counts of misdemeanor
Fraud for defrauding the Medicaid program of $32,000 during a one
year period. Dr. Udebiuwa admitted to fraudulently billing Medicaid
by billing for services that he did not provide, by billing Medicaid
for longer visits than he had actually provided, by billing Medicaid
for medication management when patients were not on medication,
and by billing Medicaid for family therapy when he did not provide
family therapy. 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. Misdemeanor Medicaid Fraud is punishable by
up to three years in jail and a $50,000 fine.
Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Lynn K. Stewart set sentencing
for August 8, 2006.