Ken Paxton

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sugar Land Medical Equipment Provider Arrested, Charged with Theft, Medicaid Fraud

HOUSTON On Tuesday, officers with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested the owner/operator of Good Hope Medical Supplies Inc. in Sugar Land for defrauding the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program. The arrest follows Etta M. Ephraim’s March 24 indictment for theft by a governmental contractor. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputies assisted in the arrest.

Ephraim, 44, whose durable medical equipment business address is on Annie’s Way, is charged with falsely billing the Medicaid program and illegally receiving reimbursements for services not provided.

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Etta Ephraim

According to state investigators, Ephraim billed Medicaid more than $46,800 for her services. Of that, reimbursements totaling $20,273 were improper. The illegal overbillings occurred between October 2004 and September 2006.

The Attorney General’s Office will prosecute the case with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Attorney General Abbott’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has established field offices in Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio and Tyler through authorization and funding from the 78th Legislature. It works with federal, state and local agencies across the state to identify and prosecute those who defraud the Medicaid program.