Birmingham, Alabama – On 27th April 2021, a federal grand jury submitted an eight-charge indictment indicting a man from Mississippi with health care fraud and wire fraud and with a scheme to perpetrate health care fraud, announced Prim F. Escalona, United States Attorney, and the Special Agent-in-Charge Derrick Jackson of the Health & Human Services Department – Office of Inspector General.
As per the accusation, in Oct. 2016, Phillip Anthony Minga, age 55, from Amory, Mississippi, was barred from offering services to the Medicare program participants. Philip Minga further rubber-stamped a deal that provided that the Medicare program would not reimburse claims submitted by any person who hired Philip Minga in an administrative or management role. However, the charge alleges that Philip Minga and other co-schemers disguised his ownership interests and administrative roles in several pharmacies and triggered the submission of millions of U.S. dollars in claims for payment to the Medicare program, in breach of his exclusion deal.
If sentenced, Philip Minga faces a maximum imprisonment term of 20 years for wire fraud and a maximum imprisonment term of ten years for health care fraud, and a 250,000 U.S. dollar fine.
The Health and Human Services Department -Office of Inspector General, together with the State of Alabama – State Board of Pharmacy and the State of Mississippi – Office of the Attorney General, investigated the matter. U.S. Assistant Attorney Lloyd Peeples and U.S. Assistant Attorney Don Long are handling the matter’s prosecution.
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