The CEO of Mobile Doctors, a physician house-call business, was arrested this week on charges of healthcare fraud. Federal agents in Chicago arrested Dike Ajiri for a Medicare fraud scheme that included up-coded billing and lying about patients’ at-home confinement, according to an FBI report.
The FBI built a case around reports from former and current Mobile Doctors employees and physicians. These reports alleged that Ajiri was up-coding Medicare, or sending in a billing code with a higher price tag than than the actual service provided.
In addition by falsely claiming patients were unable to leave their homes Mobile Doctors was allegedly picking up cash for extra services.
The investigation culminated last week with the arrests and search warrants for all the company’s national offices in Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis. The FBI also sized $2.6 million in allegedly fraudulently acquired money, according to a press statement.
The investigation was part of the new Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team, or HEAT, established to clean up Medicare fraud.