Baltimore Man Convicted of Medicaid Fraud
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced that a former
mental health counselor pled guilty to felony Medicaid fraud for
submitting false documentation to his employer that resulted in
a loss to Medicaid of $8,400. Absayo Ojuko, 52, of the unit block
of Liberty Place Road in Baltimore, was sentenced to probation
before judgment by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Wanda Heard,
and was ordered to serve three years of supervised probation. In
addition, he was ordered to repay $8,400 to the state Medicaid
Ojuko was paid by Calvary Healthcare Services, Inc., a now-defunct
mental health counseling company then located in Baltimore City,
to provide counseling services to juvenile Medicaid recipients.
Calvary billed Medicaid for services rendered by Ojuko and relied
on his documentation of those services in determining when and
how much to bill Medicaid. From July through December of 2003,
Ojuko submitted documentation to Calvary for services that had
not been rendered. Calvary then used that information to bill Medicaid.
On several occasions, the children whom Ojuko claimed to have seen
were living in juvenile residential facilities which had no record
of any visits at all by the defendant.
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,
and several cases of possible fraudulent behavior by MHA providers
are currently under investigation by the Attorney General’s
Office. In making today’s announcement, Attorney General
Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstock for
his work on the case.