Wednesday, December 22, 2010
This week’s seizure of a quarter million dollars worth of gold coins reflects our commitment to recovering ill-gotten profits from criminals who defraud Texas taxpayers, Attorney General Abbott said. It also demonstrates a successful, cooperative and multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort. We are grateful to Special Agent in Charge Cory Nelson and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s San Antonio office, the Delaware Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed’s Office for their assistance with this case.
The Bexar County District Attorney's Office, with assistance from the Texas MFCU, tried and convicted Anunobi on charges of Medicaid fraud, theft and money laundering. On Sept. 3, Anunobi was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution.
During its investigation, the Texas MFCU identified assets Anunobi allegedly purchased with the unlawful proceeds. MFCU investigators located 101 gold coins this week in a Wilmington, Del. depository account. The account belonged to Anunobi’s wife, Endaline. Based upon information provided by the Texas MFCU, the Delaware MFCU executed a search warrant and seized the coin cache.
This week’s asset seizure stemmed from a joint investigative effort by the Texas MFCU, the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Antonio, and the Delaware MFCU. The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas MFCU prosecuted the case.