The CEO and a physician at Mobile Doctors, a Chicago-based provider of physician house-call services in six states, were arrested in connection with an alleged Medicare fraud scheme involving upcoding for in-home visits and falsely certifying that patients were confined to their homes.
Dike Ajiri, 42, was charged with healthcare fraud and Dr. Banio Koroma, 63, was charged with making false statements related to healthcare benefits. Federal authorities are also executing warrants to seize almost $2.57 million from various bank accounts and to search the company's offices in Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis. The company also operates in Phoenix; Flint, Mich.; San Antonio and Austin, Texas; and Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.
A 75-page affidavit (PDF) quotes an unidentified physician in a June 2007 memo commenting to Ajiri and company doctors that “one of the easiest ways to catch fraud crooks is that they foolishly bill everything the same.”