Texan Gets Nearly 7 Years for Health Care Fraud

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HOUSTON (AP) A Houston-area medical supplier who paid recruiters to fake orders from doctors has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for fraud.

A federal judge in Houston on Thursday sentenced 55-year-old Abdul Waheed Alex Shittu in the nearly $1.2 million health care scam.

The naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria last November pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Shittu owned S&S Medical Supply Etc. in Stafford. He paid recruiters to fake physician orders for items such as braces and wheelchairs for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The doctors never saw the patients.

Investigators say the health care scheme went back to 2008.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@kbtx.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 210578911 - kbtx.com/a?a=210578911
Gray Television, Inc.