Mid-Michigan doctor to pay over $400K for Medicaid fraud - WNEM TV 5

Mid-Michigan doctor to pay over $400K for Medicaid fraud

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Saginaw doctor pleaded guilty to filing false medical claims and will repay over $400,000 to Medicaid. 

Dr. Chidozie Ononuju, 57, was charged with three felony counts of Medicaid fraud-false claim for filing false Medicaid bills. He pleaded guilty on Oct. 27.

Each charge is punishable by up to four years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

“Doctors are obligated and expected to bill their work honestly but this man broke that trust for personal financial gain,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said. “There are consequences for breaking the law and violating taxpayer trust.”

Ononuju was released on bond and had to turn over his passport. He was sentenced on Dec. 7.

As part of his plea, Ononuju has to pay more than $400,000 in restitution to the Medicaid program, Schuette said.

The false claims took place from 2010 and 2015.

Ononuju will also no longer be able to write prescriptions for controlled substances once he is sentenced.

He currently practices medicine in Georgia.

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