Kenyan Woman Pleads Guilty to $2.7 Million Fraud Scheme in Maryland
A high-ranking Sheppard Pratt employee and her husband pleaded guilty Friday to fraud charges based on invoices from 2007 to 2014 totaling more than $2.7 million, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
Lyneth Nyabiosi was the director of health information management at Sheppard Pratt, where from November 2005 to September 2014, she was responsible for overseeing and storing medical records from various departments.
Nyabiosi and her husband, Willie Evans III, founded a business called Information Management Solutions Technology, which they said had locations in Columbia and Christiana, Del., according to the U.S. Attorney.
Nyabiosi authorized a noncompetitive contract between Sheppard Pratt and the business in 2007, providing a fake name as the company’s representative and not disclosing that there was a conflict of interest—a systemwide policy—according to the plea agreements.
Between March 2007 and August 2014, the couple submitted more than 189 false claims for work that was never done or for work with inflated prices, and Nyabiosi approved the invoices at work.
They billed invoices to Sheppard Pratt totaling $2.7 million during that timeframe and used the money for home renovations; mortgage payments; wire transfers to Africa; plus food, vehicle and entertainment expenses.
The fraud scheme came to light when in August 2014, there was a mathematical error on one of the invoices from Information Management Solutions Technology and Sheppard Pratt staff looked into the matter, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Officerelease.
The defendants have agreed to forfeit and pay restitution of $2,742,791, and to forfeit two residences located in Bear and Newark, Delaware and three vehicles.
The defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiring to commit mail fraud. They’ll besentenced in February.
– Towson Patch