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Nigerian woman pleads guilty to her role in nearly $10M Texas health care fraud


TYLER, Texas — A Nigerian woman charged in a nearly $10 million Medicare billing scam in Texas has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Vivian Yusuf, formerly of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, faces up to 10 years in a U.S. prison.

Yusuf pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tyler over a scheme that led to her January 2012 indictment.

The ex-owner of Ivy Health Care Supply in Houston had been a fugitive since 2011. She was arrested in 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 in 2012 was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to repay $9.9 million. He pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges.

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