A federal jury on Thursday convicted a Bowie, Md., couple of orchestrating a multi-year campaign to defraud D.C. Medicaid of more than $80 million between 2009 and 2014, the largest local health-care fraud scheme ever prosecuted in the city.
After a four-week trial in federal district court in the District, the jury deliberated two days before convicting Florence Bikundi, 52, of four counts of health-care and Medicaid fraud and conspiracy, and her husband, Michael D. Bikundi Sr., 63, of two counts of fraud and conspiracy through her company, Global Health Care Services of the District.
Jurors found the couple guilty of eight counts of money laundering and conspiracy through the District-based home health-care firm, and acquitted them of three others.
U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell set sentencing for Feb. 26.
The Bikundis, originally from Cameroon, face up to decades in prison, and potentially deportation, although their attorneys are expected to seek less time.
Virginia had already revoked Ms. Bikundi’s license. She should have never allowed to be a provider. As soon as politicians get hold of this story, the Medicare and Medicaid abuse stories will take on a life of their own. Unfortunately, the losers will be the patients, not these immoral bastards who are bilking the government out of millions of dollars. Additionally, if someone is getting itchy fingers to deport someone, I would start here, once the prison sentences have been served.