Nigerian woman gets more than 7 years in US prison for role in nearly $10M health care fraud

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TYLER, Texas — A Nigerian woman must serve more than seven years in a U.S. prison for her role in a nearly $10 million Medicare billing scam in Texas.

Vivian Yusuf was sentenced Monday in Tyler.

The 44-year-old former resident of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, pleaded guilty last September to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Investigators say Yusuf formerly owned Ivy Health Care Supply in Houston and had been a fugitive since 2011. She was arrested last June at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

Yusuf operated a medical supply company associated with Aghaegbuna "Ike" Odelugo of Sugar Land, who ran his business from a cellphone store.

Odelugo pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering and in 2012 was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to repay $9.9 million.

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