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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A Houston-area medical supplier has been sentenced to prison for his role in a health care fraud scheme.
The supplier reportedly paid recruiters to fake orders from doctors. On Thursday, a Houston federal judge sentenced 55-year-old Abdul Waheed Alex Shittu to seven years in prison for his part in a $1.2 million health care scam.
Shittu who is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and aggravated identity theft in November of 2012.
According to prosecutors, Shittu was the owner of S&S Medical Supply Etc. in Stafford and paid recruiters to fake physician orders for medical equipment such as braces and wheelchairs for documentation. The doctors never saw the patients to prescribe further treatment and medical necessities.