Saginaw doctor sentenced for fraudulent Medicaid billing

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MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Saginaw doctor who pleaded guilty to charges that he filed fraudulent claims with the Medicaid program has been sentenced to five years of probation.

The Michigan attorney general’s office says 57-year-old Chidozie Ononuju was given the punishment on Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court. He earlier pleaded to three felony counts.

As part of the plea agreement, the attorney general’s says he repaid more than $400,000 to the Medicaid program. He also will no longer be able to write prescriptions for controlled substances.

The attorney general’s Health Care Fraud Division first received a complaint that the doctor of osteopathic medicine was filing fraudulent claims with the Medicaid program from 2010-2015. Investigators say the fraudulent billings were at his two Saginaw clinics.

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