Friday, November 30, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Snellville couple has been indicted for allegedly defrauding the Medicaid system of more than $1.4 million via their physical therapy and daycare businesses.
Olufemi and Oluyemisi Afuape were indicted this week by a Gwinnett County grand jury on felony charges of Medicaid fraud and conspiracy to defraud state or political subdivision. If convicted they could serve up to 10 years in prison.
According to the local documents and information released by the Office of the Attorney General of Georgia, the couple -- which already owned and operated Zion Rehab physical therapy center -- opened a daycare called "Give Mom a Break" in 2007. The drew a large clientele by reportedly offering free child care.
"Once the children were enrolled in the day care business," the indictment said, "the accused submitted claims to the Georgia Medicaid program for speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy purportedly provided to the children by Zion Rehab."
That therapy, authorities said, never happened. The services were never rendered.
Between Dec. 8, 2008, and Oct. 25, 2010, Oluyemisi Afuape, a licensed physical therapist accepted just under $670,000 in Medicaid payments on behalf "Give Mom a Break," officials said.
The couple had filed fraudulent claims through Zion Rehab at least two years prior to that as well, the Attorney General's Office alleges. All told, the Afuapes received a total of $1,407,325.50 in Medicaid payments.