LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs today announced the Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division has arrested Charles A. Mosimbwa, 43, of Berrien Springs, for allegedly practicing medicine without a valid license.
Mosimbwa faces 21 criminal charges for practicing medicine after investigation revealed he allegedly falsified his credentials to obtain licensure as a medical professional.
“Practicing medicine without the required training and expertise recklessly endangers the welfare of patients,” said Schuette. “Whenever credible evidence arises to suggest criminals are undermining the quality of our health care, we will move swiftly to take action.”
It is alleged Mosimbwa submitted forged documents to the state to obtain two Michigan licenses to practice medicine, one as a medical doctor and one as a registered nurse. An investigation revealed that prior to opening an office on Main Street in Niles, Mosimbwa allegedly practiced medicine from an apartment in Berrien Springs, according to authorities.
The following charges against Mosimbwa have been filed by Schuette with the District Court in East Lansing:
-One count of conducting criminal enterprises (racketeering), a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine;
-Two counts of Uttering and Publishing, a felony publishable by up to 14 years in prison;
-One count of forgery, a felony publishable by up to 14 years in prison;
-16 counts of Medicaid Fraud –false claim, a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine; and
-One count of Health Profession — Unauthorized Practice, a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine
Mosimbwa was arrested by special agents from the Department of Attorney General on Thursday. Mosimbwa was arraigned Friday in East Lansing’s District Court by Judge Richard Ball and bond was set at $750,000.
Mosimbwa is next due in court for a preliminary examination on March 23.
The Niles Police Department and Michigan State Police have been conducting a simultaneous, but independent, investigation of Mosimbwa’s actions and have contributed to the case. The investigation is continuing.
Schuette encourages patients of Mosimbwa who wish to report concerns to call the Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division at 1-800-242-2873.
The Tribune attempted to reach Mosimbwa on Friday by calling a phone number listed for him but the number was disconnected.