October 17, 2006
PSYCHIATRIST SENTENCED TO HOME DETENTION FOR FRAUD
Maryland Attorney General, J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Dr. Opauraugo Ihentuge Udebiuwa was sentenced to three years
incarceration, suspending all but 12 months to be served as home
detention, for defrauding the Medicaid Program by billing Medicaid
for services that were never provided. Baltimore City Circuit Court
Judge Lynn K. Stewart also ordered Udebiuwa, 47, of the 400 block
of West Central Avenue in Davidsonville, Maryland to pay $32,000
restitution to the Medicaid Program and to pay a penalty of $64,000,
representing total payment of $96,000. Judge Stewart also placed
Udebiuwa on three years probation, which will be supervised until
that time when he makes full restitution and unsupervised thereafter.
is a psychiatrist who was enrolled in the Medicaid Program as
Medicaid Provider. Udebiuwa’s practice was located on
Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore City. He pleaded guilty in June
to five counts of misdemeanor Medicaid Fraud for defrauding the
Medicaid program of $32,000 during a one year period. Dr. Udebiuwa
admitted 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.
Occasionally Udebiuwa billed Medicaid for 17-18 hour work days,
when in fact he was in the office for three hours on those days.
Medicaid is a joint state and federal-funded program that provides
health services to the indigent.
case was referred to Attorney General Curran’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit from the Mental Hygiene Administration which
administers mental health services for the Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene.