A registered nurse in Westchester County has been sentenced to time in jail after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $400,000 by making false claims regarding care to severely disabled patients he never provided.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that 47-year-old Collins Anyanwu-Mueller will serve one year in jail and must pay full restitution for stealing more than $390,000 from Medicaid over the course of nearly five years.
Schneiderman said that Anyanwu-Mueller submitted false claims for private duty nursing services that he never provided to a pair of disabled patients in his care. Both Medicaid recipients required around the clock care at their homes located in New Rochelle and Pleasantville.
Anyanwu-Mueller pleaded guilty to a felony charge of third-degree grand larceny in Westchester County Court. He also must pay $392,954 in restitution.
The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit discovered that from August 2010 to January 2015, Anyanwu-Mueller submitted false medical claims between, Schneiderman said. The claims came during several instances, including times when Anyanwu-Mueller was on vacation in Europe, caring for different patients than he claimed and he also made claims to Medicaid for patients who were at the hospital and under the care of a different nurse.
“The Medicaid home care program is meant to provide severely disabled New Yorkers with the care they need,” Schneiderman said. “Fraudsters who rip off this vital program by using it as a personal piggy bank will be caught and prosecuted.”
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