Pharmacist Convicted of Medicaid Fraud
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced that Paul
Ojewoye, 49, of
the 3700 block of Sonara Road in Randallstown,
pled guilty in Baltimore
City Circuit Court to felony Medicaid fraud. Ojewoye, a pharmacist and owner
of a mental health clinic, submitted false mental health billings of at least
$6,000. Ojewoye was sentenced to probation before judgment by Judge John M.
Glynn and was ordered to pay $6,000 restitution and another $6,000
civil penalty. As
a condition of the plea, Ojewoye paid the full penalty and restitution at sentencing.
Ojewoye was an owner of and counselor for Calvary Healthcare
Services, Inc., a now-defunct mental health counseling company
that provided counseling services to juvenile Medicaid recipients.
From December, 2002 through September, 2003, in his capacity as
counselor, Ojewoye completed contact notes that documented the
date and time of each clinical service he provided, and then billed
those services to Medicaid. An investigation by the Office of the
Attorney General discovered more than 100 instances when Ojewoye
documented services that could not have occurred. Investigators
also discovered numerous occasions when Ojewoye claimed to have
counseled a child who resided in a secure juvenile facility that
had no record of him ever visiting.
The case was prosecuted
by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) of the Maryland Attorney
General’s Office. The MFCU conducted
the investigation with assistance from the Mental Hygiene Administration
(MHA), which suspended payments to Calvary in December of 2003.
MHA has been working with the MFCU to root out fraud in its programs.
In making today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler
thanked Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstock for his work
on the case.