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National Insurance Crime Bureau

Hospice Facility Owner Indicted for Health Care Fraud

United States Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Louisiana, Aug. 6, 2021

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that SHIVA AKULA (“AKULA”), age 65, of New Orleans, Louisiana was charged by a grand jury on August 5, 2021, in a 23-count Indictment for Health Care Fraud.

AKULA owned and oversaw the day-to-day operations of Canon Healthcare, a hospice facility.

According to the Indictment, AKULA unlawfully enriched himself by submitting and causing the submission of false and fraudulent claims to health care benefit programs, including Medicare. AKULA instructed Canon employees to improperly bill for General Inpatient (“GIP”) services to maximize reimbursement from health care benefit programs, knowing that those services were not medically necessary.

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