Facing potentially up to 15 years in a New York State prison for Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and other charges, Collins Anyanwu-Mueller agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges in connection with in home health care fraud. The Bridgeport, Connecticut native was in Westchester County Court in White Plains and pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.
The charges stemmed from claims that Collins Anyanwu-Mueller made about providing a long list of services for various clients, but for which those services were never actually offered. In some of the claims, Anyanwu-Mueller wasn’t even in the country at the time. In other cases, the clients who allegedly received these in home health care services were in the hospital.
Anyanwu-Mueller will be sentenced on February 22 and it’s expected that he will receive one year in prison and has agreed to pay back $392,954 in restitution. There was no word on how much of the money Anyanwu-Mueller still has of what he defrauded Medicaid Services if any financial accounts or assets in his name had been seized.
According to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, “The Medicaid home care program is meant to provide severely disabled New Yorkers with the care they need. Fraudsters who rip off this vital program by using it as a personal piggy bank will be caught and prosecuted.”
The Bridgeport Patch noted in the news blog, CT RN Pleads Over Fake Medicaid Claims for Disabled Clients, written by Lanning Taliaferro:
“Anyanwu-Mueller’s false claims included instances when the recipients were in the hospital, when another nurse provided the care, when he was in Europe and when he was caring for the other recipient.
And then there was the extended period when he sent an unlicensed person to the recipient’s home but billed Medicaid as if he provided the care himself.
The original indictment had charged him with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in state prison, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony that carries a maximum sentence of up to four years in state prison.”
Collins Anyanwu-Mueller submitted falsified claims for Medicaid payments between August 2010 and January 2015. He claimed to have provided private duty nursing services to severely disabled adults in the area. Those two individuals required 24 hour care at their homes, one in New Rochelle and the other in Pleasantville.
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