Another Doc. grabbed … for defrauding NHIA of GH¢140.858

Dr.Dennis OseiBarely a week after a Dental Surgeon was arrested for defrauding the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) of huge sums of money, another medical practitioner, Dr. Dennis Osei, is in the grips of the law, for committing a similar offence.

Dr. Osei is alleged to have made false claims resulting in the loss of GH¢140.858.45 to the NHIA.

The suspect, who owns the Asumaja Clinic, Health Frontiers Ltd, Manhyia, Denmida Laboratory, Goaso, and Health Frontiers Limited Abuakwa, all in the Ashanti Region, is said to have forged medical folders in the names of non-existent patients.

The latest arrest by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service followed a petition by the Chief Executive of the NHIA, after a clinical audit of Health Frontier Limited, a laboratory facility at Bekwai in the Ashanti Region, and accredited service provider of the National Health Insurance Scheme.

The audit was conducted by the Authority to ensure sanity and equity in the management of NHIA’s resources.

He was arrested on February 3, 2015 and charged with conspiracy to defraud and forgery of document.

The clinical audit revealed that the suspect undertook the dubious activity between January and December 2013.

Briefing The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, the Director of Fraud Unit, CID, Chief Superintendent Felix Koku Mawusi, disclosed that Dr. Osei, over the period, submitted false claims to the Authority, for which he was paid the said amount.

He said the suspect, claimed the non-existent names were referred to his laboratory by other medical facilities in the Amansie District, but the findings of the audit revealed otherwise.

Chief Supt. Mawusi said the referral facilities denied treating such patients and referring them to Dr. Osei.

He said the suspect also falsified the signatures and stamps of the facilities, to facilitate his illegal intent.

Dr. Osei, according to the police, also made claims for services not covered under the scheme, and unavailable at Health Frontiers, one of his facility.

By Malik Sullemana 

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