A Chicago based visiting physicians company is under federal investigation for overbilling Medicare and taking millions of dollars more than it should’ve.
The CEO and a physician for Mobile Doctors, which is based on Chicago’s northwest side, are at the center of the investigation.
42-year-old CEO Dike Ajiri, from Wilmette, and 63-year-old Dr Banio Koroma, from Tinley Park, are accused in this alleged scheme, in which in-home doctors visits were altered by the company to bill for more money than what was actually owed. The bills were then submitted to Medicare.
Court documents show this practice to “up-code” billing goes back to at least 2006 and cost the government at least $13 million dollars and perhaps as much as $32 million in over-payments.
In addition, Dr Koroma is charged with falsely certifying patients for in-home care.
Mobile Doctors serves as a go-between for in-home physicians and Medicare.
The government alleges that even if a doctor submitted a correct documents to Mobile Doctors, Mobile Doctors would change the billing codes to get more money.
The FBI raided the offices of mobile doctors today in Detroit, Indianapolis and Chicago.
Ajiri faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 dollar fine.
Koroma faces up to five years and a $250,000 dollar fine.
This is an ongoing investigation, many people including other physicians and patients have been interviewed.
Both men are due back in court Thursday.