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Valencia resident among three convicted in Medicare fraud scheme

Posted: April 25, 2013 6:26 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2013 6:26 p.m.

Three Southern California residents, including a Valencia woman, were convicted this week by a federal jury in Los Angeles for their roles in a $1.5 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to a news release from the U.S. Justice Department.

Valencia resident Heidi Morishita, 48, Godwin Onyeabor, 49, of Ontario and Sri J. Wijegunaratne, 58, of Anaheim were each found guilty Wednesday of one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks after filing an estimated $1.5 million in fraudulent Medicare claims.

From January 2007 to February 2012, Morishita and Wijegunaratne filed prescriptions for medically unnecessary power wheelchairs to Onyeabor, an officer at the San Bernardino-based Fendih Medical Supply Inc. in return for cash kickbacks, according to the release.

Onyeabor used those prescriptions to submit $1.5 million in fraudulent billing to Medicare, according to the release.
All three face up to 10 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Sentencing for the trio is scheduled for Sept. 9, according to the release.



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