Metro Detroit doctor sentenced to prison for $5.4 million Medicare fraud scheme

Published On: Nov 07 2012 10:01:58 AM EST
Updated On: Nov 07 2012 10:18:13 AM EST
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. -

Jonathan Agbebiyi, 63, of Sterling Heights, was sentenced Tuesday for his role in a $5.4 million Medicare fraud scheme.

United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said Agbebiyi was sentenced to 60 months in prison, followed by 2 years supervised release, and ordered to pay

$2,982,029.19 in restitution.

In May, Agbebiyi was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and six counts of health care fraud. Agbebiyi was a staff physician at three clinics which operated in

Livonia, between 2007 and 2010: Blessed Medical Clinic, Alpha and Omega Medical Clinic, and Manuel Medical Clinic.

According to the evidence presented during his trial, Agbebiyi, an obstetrician/gynecologist, joined a conspiracy to bill Medicare for medically unnecessary neurological tests. Some of the tests involved sending an electrical current through the arms and legs of the patients. Clinic employees, who lacked any meaningful training, administered the diagnostic tests. The patients never received any

follow up treatment by neurologists.

Evidence at trial showed that the patients were not referred to the clinics by their primary care physicians, or for any other legitimate purpose, but rather were recruited with prescriptions for controlled substances, cash payments, and fast food. The three clinics then billed the Medicare program for various diagnostic tests that were medically unnecessary.

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