A jury convicted Houston physician Chijioke Victor Okoro, M.D., and his former office manager of defrauding Medicare and auto insurers of more than $4 million. Okoro, 50, was found guilty of 25 counts of mail fraud, healthcare fraud and tax evasion and was ordered into custody pending sentencing. According to prosecutors, he billed for physical therapy services supposedly delivered during periods when he vacationing in Nigeria or working in the emergency room of Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Houston. He also employed foreign medical graduate students unlicensed to practice medicine in Texas and billed for their services as if he delivered the care, prosecutors said. Okoro is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 13 and faces up to 154 years in prison and a maximum fine of $52.5 million. Ernest Akpan, 44, a prison guard and Okoro's former office manager, was convicted of a single count of mail fraud and will face a maximum five-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine at his Jan. 13 sentencing. -- by Mark Taylor
Texas physician, office manager convicted of fraud
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