After a car accident, one of the most important things to do is to get medical treatment. When the injuries are obvious or serious, an ambulance will likely take the person to a nearby hospital for treatment. However, injuries can often appear in the days following an accident. Adrenaline and endorphins can often mask the pain for several hours to several days to even a week after an accident. The moment a person begins to feel pain, dizziness, or just not quite “right” is the time to seek out medical treatment. Injuries need to be documented by a licensed medical professional before compensation can be sought.
The Insurance Journal reports that an unlicensed doctor has been arrested in Florida for treating accident victims and billing insurers.
According to a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services, a Florida doctor was arrested last month for practicing as a health care professional without a license and fraudulent billing.
Ozioma Maduka of Osceola Injury Center, LLC was placed under arrest last month. The arrest came after an investigation conducted by the DFS Bureau of Insurance Fraud detectives uncovered Maduka practicing as a doctor in Kissimmee. Maduka did not have an active or valid Florida medical doctor’s license.
Maduka’s patients were seeking treatment for injuries related to car accidents. Maduka performed initial examinations, follow-up exams, gave diagnoses and prognosis, and created treatment plans. He then fraudulently billed two insurance companies $4,400 for the unlicensed treatment.
On October 25th, Maduka was arrested by the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office and was booked into the Portsmouth City Jail in Virginia. He was then extradited to Florida. He was charged with practicing as a healthcare professional without a license. The charge is a third-degree felony.
If convicted, Maduka faces up to five years in jail.