The Edmond Sun

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June 23, 2014

Child counselor charged with Medicaid fraud

EDMOND — Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed charges in Oklahoma County District Court against an Edmond licensed professional counselor after investigators found alleged false claims for Medicaid reimbursement.

Vincent Chukunenye Dike, 58, of Edmond, was charged June 17 with one count of Medicaid fraud, a felony offense, according to court records. He was not present but appeared through counsel Ed Bonzie. The court set his bond at $76,000 and he surrendered his passport.

A message seeking comment from Bonzie was not returned before press time. He has not yet entered a plea in court, according to online records.

The AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit also charged Dike with 10 counts of Medicaid fraud in December for claims that totaled more than $60,000.

According to the latest charge, Dike allegedly continued to submit fraudulent claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority after his earlier arrest and charges. Alleged fraudulent claims from December through February totaled more than $18,000.

Dike was a licensed professional counselor with Genesi LLC in Moore and Reliant Living Center in Del City, according to court records.

During an investigation by the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, agents found claims for payment during time periods where Dike was not working at the center and for services parents said were not rendered to their children, court records show.

According to the charge, Dike also filed claims for individual therapy at a higher rate when the services were being offered to a group.

If convicted, Dike faces up to 3 years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000. He also faces payment of restitution to the OHCA and repayment of investigation costs to the AG’s office.

The AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is the only Oklahoma law enforcement agency dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of Medicaid fraud. The unit helps raise awareness as well as investigates and prosecutes provider fraud and abuse of residents in Medicaid-funded nursing homes.

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