Four charged in connection with $7.8 million health care fraud conspiracy in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —
Authorities say four people are charged in connection with a $7.8 million heath care fraud conspiracy at a Birmingham clinic.
The charges say that a husband and wife, who ran the clinic, used it in part as a pill mill.
59-year-old Dr. Patrick Emeka Ifediba, 53-year-old Dr. Uchenna Grace Ifediba, 48-year-old Ngozi Justina Ozuligbo and 60-year-old Clement Essien Ebio are all charged with heath care fraud conspiracy.
Officials say the charges stem from the suspects connections with Care Complete Medical Clinic located at 1300 Bessemer Road. The private clinic says they provide allergy and pain management services, but the defendants are accused of stealing millions from health care programs by fraudulently billing for treatments.
Patrick and Uchenna Ifediba are also charged as part of an unlawful drug distribution conspiracy. The two are said to have provided prescriptions for schedule II controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose. Instead, the prescriptions were given to extend personal financial gain. The two also face a count of maintaining a drug-involved premises for operating the clinic as a pill mill. Patrick faces 14 counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substances and Uchena faces 5 counts for the same offense.
In addition, Patrick Ifediba and Ozuligbo are charged as part of a money laundering conspiracy. Both are accused of moving the clinic's health care fraud and pill mill scheme profits to hide where the money came from. Patrick also faces charges of concealment money laundering and multiple counts of engaging in monetary transactions in criminally derived property valued at more than $10,000. Uchenna Ifediba faces thee counts of charges of concealment of money laundering, while Ozuligbo faces one count.
The case was investigated by the FBI and DEA.