Texas Man Sentenced In $45 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON (November 6, 2012)--A seventh person convicted in a $45 million health care fraud scheme based in Houston has been sentenced to prison.

A federal judge in Houston sentenced Tony Nnonso Obi, 56, to 41 months in prison on Monday.

The naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria in August pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and to money laundering.

Prosecutors say Obi was affiliated with an assisted living facility and sent some residents to City Nursing Service of Texas Inc.

Authorities say City Nursing owner Umawa Imo paid Obi more than $1 million in the Medicare and Medicaid scheme. Imo last year was sentenced to more than 27 years in prison for running the scam.

An eighth person convicted in the fraud case awaits sentencing.


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