A signed up nurse from Bridgeport, Connecticut, deals with felony charges for supposedly bilking the Medicaid system by wrongly declaring more than $390,000 for private-duty nursing services to 2 badly handicapped Medicaid receivers in New Rochelle and Peekskill.
State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Monday revealed the arrest and indictment of Collins Anyanwu-Mueller, 47, for incorrectly declaring Medicaid payments in between August 2010 and January 2015. He was arraigned in Westchester County Court in White Plains on charges of second-degree grand larceny and first-degree providing an incorrect instrument for filing, both felonies.
The chief law officer’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit declared in court files that Anyanwu-Mueller incorrectly declared to have actually supplied private-duty nursing to 2 handicapped individuals who needed 24-hour care at their Westchester houses. Private investigators discovered the nurse sent medical claims for services on dates when the Medicaid receivers remained in the healthcare facility, when another nurse supplied care, when Anyanwu-Mueller was vacationing in Europe when he was taking care of another patient.
For a prolonged duration, inning accordance with the chief law officer’s workplace, Anyanwu-Mueller sent out an unlicensed person to the Medicaid recipient’s home but billed Medicaid as if he himself supplied the care.
“When healthcare specialists take public funds, they weaken an essential system that links countless New Yorkers with needed medical services,” Schneiderman stated in a news release.
If founded guilty of both felony charges, Anyanwu-Mueller might get an optimal sentence of 15 years in state jail.
County Judge Larry J. Schwartz set the nurse’s bail at $75,000 and arranged his next court look on July 11.