By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
A North Carolina woman pleaded guilty on September 14, 2012, for her involvement in a health care scheme that allegedly defrauded Medicaid from 2008 to 2011 for fake mental and behavior health services. Through this scheme, she allegedly obtained at least $6.1 million in fraudulent reimbursement payments, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Medicaid Beneficiaries Were Primarily Children.
An article in the Gaston Gazette stated the former licensed professional counselor, who was enrolled with North Carolina Medicaid, allegedly claimed in the fraudulent billings that she was the attending clinician for provided services. The woman also allegedly supervised a network of co-conspirators who billed for false and fraudulent claims through the woman’s provider number.
According to the FBI, filed documents indicate that the claimed Medicaid beneficiaries were primarily children, whose parents thought they were enrolling in after school programs owned and operated by the woman and her co-conspirators.
Woman’s Scheme Could Land Her In Prison.
According to the FBI, the woman pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud conspiracy and two counts of money laundering. She faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine apiece for the health care fraud conspiracy and money laundering charges.
Contact Health Law Attorneys Experienced in Handling Medicaid Audits.
Medicaid fraud is a serious crime and is vigorously investigated by the state MFCU, the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), the Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs), the FBI, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Often other state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and other law enforcement agencies participate. Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you are concerned of any possible violations and would like a confidential consultation, contact a qualified health attorney familiar with medical billing and audits today. Often Medicaid fraud criminal charges arise out of routine Medicaid audits, probe audits, or patient complaints.
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FBI. “Shelby Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Medicaid of $6.1 Million.” FBI Charlotte Division. (September 13, 2012). From: http://www.fbi.gov/charlotte/press-releases/2012/shelby-woman-pleads-guilty-to-defrauding-medicaid-of-6.1-million
Banks, Alicia. “Judge Candidate’s Wife Admits to $6.1 Million Fraud.” Gaston Gazette. (September 14, 2012). From: http://www.gastongazette.com/news/medicaid-75457-department-justice.html
About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.
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