Newark– A Newark pediatrician was sentenced to 3 years in jail for billing Medicaid for 24-hour work days on several events when her workplace was just open for 8 hours, authorities stated Monday.
Dr. Ibilola Ighama-Amegor, 55, was also purchased to pay $216,000 in restitution when sentenced Friday by Judge Michael Petrolle in state Superior Court in Newark, New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino stated in a declaration.
” Dr. Amegor used her medical degree as a license to take from a program that spends for treatment for the senior and those who cannot pay for medical insurance,” Porrino stated. “She does not belong in the medical occupation; she belongs in jail, which is best where she’s going.”.
In June, an Essex County jury discovered Ighama-Amegor guilty of 48 counts of healthcare claims scams and a single count of Medicaid scams, all 3rd-degree charges. She was discovered not guilty of theft by deceptiveness a 2nd-degree criminal activity.
Deputy Attorneys General Crystal Callahan and Dennis Kwasnik of the state’s Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor informed jurors that Ighama-Amegor sent expenses for 24 hours of work or more for the exact same day on 48 dates in between April 30, 2008, and May 16, 2011.
An examination discovered that her practice, called Quality Pediatrix, was just open 8 hours a day, 3 days a week.
A spokesperson for Porrino, Lisa Coryell, stated Ighama was nabbed Friday after her movement to stay totally free pending appeal was turned down. Coryell stated the state remained in the procedure of rescinding Ighama-Amegor’s medical license.
” Doctors who submit incorrect insurance claims weaken the stability of a system that depends upon the reliability of certified specialists,” Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Christopher Iu mentioned. “Dr. Amegor’s sentence sends out an effective message that physician who dedicates insurance scams will be held responsible for their greed.”.