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Charges of Medicare fraud dropped against two

Posted September 28, 2009 2:44 p.m. EDT

— Prosecutors dropped all charges Monday against a woman whose husband faces prison time for Medicare fraud.

Kalu Kalu pleaded guilty Sept. 8 to using the Medicare provider number of co-defendant Martin Ifeani Iroegbu to submit bogus claims for scooters. He will be sentenced Dec. 14, when he faces up to 15 years in prison

Iroegbu pleaded guilty to health care fraud and aiding and abetting. He is expected to begin serving a 26-month prison sentence in November.

Two other people charged in the scheme, Kecia Kalu and Nnenna K. Cornett, saw all charges against them dropped Monday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General reported in May that more than 10 percent of the $920 million Medicare paid in 2005 for powered wheelchairs had been misspent.

To report Medicare fraud, call the state Department of Insurance weekdays at 800-443-9354.