Friday, November 4, 2005
Owner Of Houston Social Services Business Arrested By Attorney General Abbott's Medicaid Fraud TeamSPRING - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced the arrest of Vincent C. Agu, 54, the owner of a Spring family services counseling clinic, for fraudulently billing Medicaid almost $21,000 for services never rendered.
Investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office arrested Agu at his residence. The case is also being prosecuted in conjunction with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
“Medicaid providers who submit false information and commit fraud for profit are stealing from the public, plain and simple,” said Attorney General Abbott. “One of my highest priorities is to uphold the integrity of the state’s Medicaid program by recovering stolen funds for Texas taxpayers. I thank Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal for partnering with us in bringing this man to justice.”
The arrest was made in response to a grand jury indictment handed down Oct. 14. Agu is a licensed social worker and owner of Innovations & Imaginations, a social services management firm located at his residence in Spring. The business is supposed to provide case management services for the Texas Health Steps program, which assists Medicaid-eligible families in locating health care services in the community.
While examining $202,000 in Medicaid billings Agu submitted from April 2002 through August 2003, investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office discovered he claimed $21,000 for services he did not provide to clients.
Bond was set for Agu at $40,000. Investigators also seized Agu’s 2003 Mercedes during his Nov. 3 arrest because the vehicle is thought to have been purchased using illegal Medicaid reimbursements. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant Harris County District Attorney Lester Blizzard.
To obtain more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.