Updated: May 19, 2014 9:30PM
The government and a Gary physician have settled a federal lawsuit that accused the doctor of illegally taking more than $3 million from Medicare and Medicaid by referring his patients to a home health care company owned by his wife, according to court records.
The stipulation to dismiss the suit, which was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, does not provide details but does say the parties have reached a settlement.
The government filed suit in March 2013 against Adolphus Anekwe; his wife, Angela Anekwe; her mother, Nellie Tonie; and C&A Home Health Care.
The suit alleged that Anekwe was referring Medicare and Medicaid patients to C&A, which his wife and her mother owned, starting in 2008.
Under federal law, doctors are not allowed to refer patients to medical companies they have a financial interest in, which includes those owned by relatives.
C&A billed Medicaid and Medicare $3.3 million for those patients.
The case was originally filed by Bradley Stephens, an employee of another medical care company. The federal government intervened and took over the case in January 2013.
Teresa Auch Schultz