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Greg Abbott: Prosecutes Medicare fraud while runs for governor

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.....shown at gathering in Austin during governor's campaign.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.....shown at gathering in Austin during governor's campaign.
Bonnie Lane

Wichita Falls native Greg Abbott continues to work full speed as the Texas Attorney General prosecuting Medicare fraud cases even as he runs for governor of the State of Texas, according to a release from the Attorney General's Office recently. Abbott would become the first native of Wichita Falls to reside in the Governor's Mansion in Austin if he successfully wins election.

Two people were arrested recently for their alleged roles in a Medicare fraud scheme and a conspiracy to structure bank withdrawals. Stella Maduka, 49, who serves as a director of nursing for a home health agency in Texas, was arrested as was the owner and operator of the same health agency Felix Maduka, 54.

According to the indictment, Stella Maduka used a Texas-based billing service to bill Medicare for home health services that were never provided and in several cases not medically necessary. Felix Maduka is alleged in the indictment to have structured more than $100,000 in cash withdrawals from bank accounts where Medicare payments were received.

An indictment is merely a formal accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Since its beginning in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged more than 1, 700 defendants who have billed the Medicare program for more than $5.5 billion.

This most recent case was a joint investigation involving the Texas Attorney General's Office, the FBI, IRS-CI, RRB-OIG, HHS-OIG and MFCU under the supervision of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney William S.W. Change of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Acting Assistant Attorney General Myhili Raman of the Justice Department, Special Agent Stephen Morris of the Houston FBI office, Special Agent Lucy Cruz of the Housto IRS office, William Fergus of Chicago and Mike Fields of the Dallas Regional Office in additition to the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit made the announcement jointly of the prosecution which is an excellent example of co-operation between law enforcement agencies.

Abbott somehow finds the time to continue prosecuting healthcare fraud cases as well as handling all the other duties of the Texas AG's office while seeking the Republican nomination for governor in the March primary. He appeared at his boyhood home on Randel Drive in Wichita Falls during an earlier campaign stop to the excitement of an overflow crowd.

Although James V. Allred was a resident of Wichita Falls when he was elected governor in the 1930s he was a native of Bowie, Texas.

Abbott is the 50th Attorney General in the history of Texas and has appeared in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on numerous occasions to defend the religious liberties of Texans in addition to the gun rights of all individuals. His interest in protecting children is evidenced by the fact his office has broken records for collecting the most child support in history.

If elected governor he has promised to focus on improving the Texas education system which has been criticized for implementing CSCOPE. He is opposed to the continuation of CSCOPE.

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