Houston — US Attorney Jennifer P. Lowery announced Monday that a local man who was the latest convict in a large-scale, multi-year home health fraud conspiracy has been sentenced to federal prison.

Felix Amos, 72, pleaded guilty on December 18, 2018, to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Amos was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $21,197,440 in compensation.

On March 22, a jury issued guilty verdicts against Fossat Adekunlei, 39, of Richmond, on 10 counts after a four-day jury trial, according to prosecutors. Judge Hanin later ordered her to spend 144 months in federal prison, to be followed immediately by three years of supervised release. She must also pay compensation of $21,197.440.14.

Olemissi Amos, wife of Felix Amos, 41, of Houston, previously pleaded guilty and was later sentenced to 72 months in prison, according to a news release.

At the Adekunle trial, the jury heard that the Amos couple owned and operated five home health businesses from 2010 to 2015. They included Dayton Health Bridges, Access Practical Solutions, Advanced Holisitic, and GetUpandWalk Inc. and the Guarranty Home Health Agency. Adekunle served as office manager. Evidence and testimonies revealed how the three conspired to file claims with Medicare for home health services for patients who did not need or did not receive services.

In addition, physicians did not request these services for recipients. As soon as Amoses took over a company, there was a significant increase in billing for services. Authorities will impose restrictions on them after noticing the huge bills, but not before Medicare has paid out millions in fraudulent claims.

At trial, the defense acknowledged the nature and scope of the health care fraud, but said Adekunle was unaware of the plan.

However, the jury heard that Adekunle was the signatory to the Guarranty Home Health Agency’s bank account and used the money from the account to pay for her business, Gideon’s Boutique, and to purchase a Land Rover Range Rover.

Furthermore, billing emails showed how many claims Adekunle had filed were for Medicare beneficiaries who had died for more than three years or were incarcerated. Home health cannot be provided for these individuals.

In the end, the jury was not convinced by the defense’s allegations and found her guilty of the charges against her.

Felix Amos owns Dayton Health Bridges and Advanced Comprehensive Healthcare Services. He, along with Oluyemisi, paid doctors to certify Medicare beneficiaries for home health services they did not provide or for which they were not eligible. Felix used the money to buy a $3.5 million home in Houston and other properties.

Felix Amos was allowed to remain on bail and voluntarily surrender to the US Bureau of Prisons to be determined in the near future.

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