U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced indictments of 5 people accused of conducting health care fraud crimes in Minnesota.
Charges in the case are the result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the IRS and the FBI.
U.S. Attorney spokesperson Jeanne Cooney said two of the five are accused of using personal care assistants to help file false claims.
Charged are Samuel Akoto Danso, 41, of Woodbury, and Harry Kwabena Ossei, 51, of Oakdale.
"What they allegedly did was provided payments to personal care assistants as well as Medicare recipients in exchange for those people's participation in a phony personal care assistant scheme," Cooney said.
The two also are charged with identity theft. Danso made his initial appearance Thursday in federal court; authorities have not located Ossei.
The U.S. Attorney also indicted John Alemoh Momoh, 51, of Brooklyn Park. Momoh, the owner of Hopecare Services, Inc., was charged with 23 counts of health care fraud and 18 counts of aggravated identity theft in relation to health care fraud.
The defendants could face ten years in prison on each health care fraud count if convicted.