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Zambian Woman Wanted in the U.S For Fraud Still On the Run

On November 7, 2012, Patricia Mubanga Chisanga was indicted on charges of health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Previously, Chisanga’s co-conspirator Uche Ben Odunzeh plead guilty one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and was sentenced to 19 months in prison.

Emerald Medical Services (Emerald) is a durable medical equipment company operating in the District of Columbia and purportedly providing wheelchairs and other medical equipment to Medicaid patients.

Chisanga is listed as the Vice President of Operations on the business records for Emerald.

Investigators believe that authorization forms necessary for the submission of claims to Medicaid were altered after they were signed by the prescribing physician. These forms were allegedly used by Emerald to bill Medicaid for more expensive equipment than was actually provided to the patients.

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Emerald would provide patients with a lower level power wheelchair when, in fact, a higher level wheelchair was authorized.

From approximately January 2008 through March 2011, Emerald collected $480,000 from Medicaid for durable medical equipment that was never provided.

OIG Special Agents confronted Chisanga about her participation in the scheme. After this confrontation, she fled the United States to Ethiopia, then took a flight to her native Zambia.

Chisanga remains at large.



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