Insurance Fraud NEWS
Unlicensed doc charged with treating auto-crash victims
November 08, 2019, Osceola, FL
A Florida doctor has been arrested for allegedly practicing as a health care professional without a license and fraudulent billing for unlicensed medical treatments, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services.
Ozioma Maduka of Osceola Injury Center, LLC was arrested last month after an investigation conducted by the DFS Bureau of Insurance Fraud detectives revealed that Maduka allegedly practiced as a medical doctor at Osceola Injury Center, LLC in Kissimmee, Fla., without an active, valid Florida medical doctor’s license.
Maduka allegedly performed initial examinations, follow-up examinations, diagnosed patients, gave prognosis and created treatment plans for patients who sought treatment related to auto accident injuries. Maduka fraudulently billed two insurance companies more than $4,400 for the unlicensed treatment of auto accident victims.
Maduka was arrested on Oct. 25, 2019 by Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office and booked into Portsmouth City Jail in Virginia before being extradited to Florida. He was charged with practicing as a healthcare professional without a License, a third-degree felony.
If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison. Individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“Posing as a doctor without a medical license to purposely deceive and defraud consumers is despicable and can put patients at risk,” Patronis said.
Source: Insurance Journal