Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Ozioma Maduka, of Osceola Injury Center, for allegedly practicing as a health care professional without a license and fraudulent billing for unlicensed medical treatments.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Fraud in our state has reached epidemic proportions, and we must work together to protect Floridians from these costly crimes. Posing as a doctor without a medical license to purposely deceive and defraud consumers is despicable and can put patients at risk. If you feel you have been the victim of insurance fraud, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.”
An investigation conducted by Patronis’ Bureau of Insurance Fraud detectives revealed that Maduka allegedly practiced as a medical doctor at Osceola Injury Center in Kissimmee without an active, valid Florida medical doctor’s license. Maduka allegedly performed initial examinations, follow-up examinations, diagnosed patients, gave prognosis and created treatment plans for patients who sought treatment related to auto accident injuries, according to a state press release.
Maduka fraudulently billed two insurance companies more than $4,400 for the unlicensed treatment of auto accident victims.
Maduka was arrested on Oct. 25 by Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office and booked into Portsmouth City Jail in Virginia before being extradited to Florida. He was charged with practicing as a healthcare professional without a license, a third-degree felony.
If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison. Individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
If you suspect insurance fraud, go to FraudFree Florida.com.