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Collins Anyanwu-Mueller faces felony charges in Westchester.
A registered nurse has been accused of stealing more than $390,000 by lying about caring for Medicaid patients in New Rochelle and Peekskill, including when he was vacationing in Europe.
Collins Anyanwu-Mueller, 47, was arraigned in Westchester County Court today on charges that, for almost five years, he submitted false claims for nursing services that he did not provide, the state Attorney General’s Office said in a press release.
Anyanwu-Mueller, a resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was arrested on June 14 and was recently indicted on felony charges of second-degree grand larceny and 14 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, court records show.
Anyanwu-Mueller is accused of running the scheme from August 2010 to January 2015 by submitting phony claims for payment to Medicaid. Officials said he lied about caring for two severely disabled Medicaid patients who required 24/7 care at their homes in New Rochelle and Peekskill.
Officials said Anyanwu-Mueller claimed to have provided care for those two patients when they were actually in the hospital, when another nurse provided care, when he was caring for another patient, for an extended period when he sent someone who was unlicensed to care for those patients, and when he was on vacation in Europe.
Officials said Medicaid paid Anyanwu-Mueller more than $390,000 for those claims.
Anyanwu-Mueller is being held at the Westchester County jail on $75,000 bail and is due back in court on July 11.