|Charges||Conspiracy to commit Health care fraud, Health care fraud, conspiracy to pay kickbacks, payment of kickbacks, and conspiracy to commit money laundering|
|Date of Birth||June 10, 1982 (39 years old)|
In November 2015, Ebong Aloysius Tilong was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, conspiracy to pay kickbacks, payment of kickbacks, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Investigators believe that Tilong and his wife Marie Neba fraudulently billed Medicare millions for home health services that were either medically unnecessary or were not provided.
Tilong and Neba operated Fiango Home health care, Inc., a home health agency doing business in Houston, Texas. Trial evidence showed that Tilong paid illegal kickbacks to patient recruiters for referring Medicare beneficiaries to Fiango for purported home health services. Tilong also paid illegal kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries and falsified medical records in order to bill Medicare for home health services that were, in actuality, not medically necessary or not provided. Tilong also attempted to destroy evidence, blackmail a witness, and suborning perjury from witnesses.
From February 2006 to June 2015, Fiango was paid over $13 million in fraudulent Medicare reimbursements.
In June 2017, Tilong pleaded guilty to filing fraudulent tax returns related to Fiango. In August 2017, Neba was sentenced to 75 years in prison. Tilong was scheduled for sentencing in October 2017, but failed to appear. In December 2017, Tilong was sentenced in absentia to 80 years in prison.
- Health Care Fraud