WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A registered nurse in Westchester County is facing more than a decade in prison for allegedly stealing nearly $400,000 by making false claims for care he did not provide.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the arrest of 47-year-old Collins Anyanwu-Mueller on Monday, charging him with felony counts of second-degree grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing after allegedly submitting $390,000 of false claims over the course of five years for private-duty nursing services he never completed.
Anyanwu-Mueller was arraigned in Westchester County Court in White Plains on Monday. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in state prison, according to Schneiderman.
Court papers filed by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit allege that Anyanwu-Mueller “submitted claims for payment to Medicaid, in which he falsely purported to provide private-duty nursing services to two severely disabled Medicaid recipients who both required around the clock care at their respective homes located in New Rochelle and Peekskill.”
Anyanwu-Mueller allegedly submitted false medical claims between August 2010 and January 2015, Schneiderman said. The claims came during several instances, including times when Anyanwu-Mueller was on vacation in Europe, caring for different patients than he claimed and he also made claims to Medicaid for patients who were at the hospital and under the care of a different nurse.
It is alleged that Anyanwu-Mueller even sent an unlicensed person to one of his patient’s house for an extended period, but billed Medicaid as if he had performed the care himself.
Bail has been set at $75,000. Anyanwu-Mueller is due back in court next month on Tuesday, July 11.
“When healthcare professionals steal public funds, they undermine an important system that connects thousands of New Yorkers with necessary medical services,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “My office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will continue to investigate cases involving fraud – and those who steal from Medicaid will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
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