Mental health services administrator gets prison for fraud

A program administrator for a Washington, D.C.-based mental health services provider was sentenced to five years in prison for a Medicaid fraud scheme.  

Lambert Mbom, 50, of Riverdale, Md., also was ordered to pay more than $4.45 million in restitution, according to a Feb. 12 Justice Department news release. 

Mr. Mbom was found guilty of paying Medicaid beneficiaries to induce them to visit Holy Health Care Services for mental health services, according to the release. He and his co-conspirators used the patients' personally identifiable information to bill Medicaid for services that were not rendered or were not rendered as billed. 

Holy Health's owners, Julius Bakari and Mboutchock Kabiwa, previously pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the scheme. Ms. Kabiwa was sentenced to 20 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $3.5 million in restitution. Mr. Bakari is scheduled to be sentenced April 9. 

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