Thursday, February 7, 2008

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Owner of Houston Drug Treatment Clinics Pleads Guilty to Medicaid Fraud

HOUSTON – The owner of two Houston-area chemical dependency treatment centers today pleaded guilty to theft by a governmental contractor. An investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit revealed that Emeke Agboh, 38, of Sugar Land, was reimbursed by Medicaid for drug- and alcohol-related treatment sessions that he never conducted. Harris County Assistant District Attorney Kaylynn Williford prosecuted the case. Agboh will be sentenced on April 10, pending a pre-sentence investigation.

“This defendant pleaded guilty to defrauding the taxpayers,” Attorney General Abbott said. “The funds allotted to the Medicaid program are supposed to provide for health care, not support a fraudulent over-billing scheme. We will continue uncovering and exposing waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicaid system.”

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Emeke  Agboh
Emeke Agboh

Agboh owned and operated Genesis Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center and Shiloh Mental Health Services. From July through October 2004, Agboh, doing business as Genesis, billed Medicaid and was paid more than $91,000 for chemical dependency treatment counseling not rendered. From June 2005 through April 2006, Agboh and Shiloh received $132,600 for treatment services not provided.

In 2006 alone, Texas spent more than $17 billion to fund its portion of the Medicaid program. To save taxpayer dollars and protect Texas seniors, Attorney General Abbott dramatically expanded the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

The unit has established field offices in Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio and Tyler through authorization and funding from the 78th Legislature. It works with federal, state and local agencies across the state to identify and prosecute those who defraud the Medicaid program.

To obtain more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.