Gwinnett County Physical Therapist and Husband Charged with Stealing Over $1M from Georgia Medicaid by Exploiting Underprivileged Children
On November 28, 2012, a Gwinnett County Grand Jury issued an indictment against Oluyemisi Afuape and Olufemi Afuape on one count of Medicaid Fraud, O.C.G.A. § 49-4-146.1(b)(1), and one count of Conspiracy to Defraud the State, O.C.G.A. § 16-10-21(a). Oluyemisi Afuape is a licensed physical therapist and Olufemi Afuape is her husband and business partner. They co-owned and operated Zion Rehab and a daycare business called, “Give Mom a Break.”
The indictment alleges that Oluyemisi and Olufemi Afuape recruited children into their business by offering free daycare services for children. Once the children were enrolled in the daycare, Mr. and Mrs. Afuape submitted claims to the Georgia Medicaid program for therapy services which were not provided. According to the indictment, the Afuapes were paid $1,407,325.50 by the Georgia Medicaid program for physical, occupational and speech therapy services which were not rendered.
Medicaid Fraud is punishable by one to ten years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Conspiracy to Defraud the State is punishable by one to five years in prison.
The case is being prosecuted by Nancy Allstrom, Senior Assistant Attorney General from the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The case was investigated by Investigator Shakethia Morgan, former Investigative Auditor Cliff Finney, Investigative Auditor Amy Snow, Nurse Investigator Beth Ann Teague and Criminal Analyst Tish Murray in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Community Health.