AG’s Office indicts 9 in Medicaid fraud scheme

AG’s Office indicts 9 in Medicaid fraud scheme
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POSTED: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 12:21pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 12:48pm

Nine people have been indicted as part of a continued effort to crack down on Medicaid fraud, announced the Louisiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) on Monday.

The indictments, which occurred Thursday, include the owner of a Medicaid provider company, her employees, and Medicaid recipients. Seven people have been arrested, with additional arrests expected this week.

The MFCU launched an investigation into Zachary-based Medicaid provider, Empowering Care Services, LLC, (ECS) after a Department of Health and Hospitals audit revealed the company had improperly billed the Louisiana Medicaid program for numerous undocumented services and services given by caregivers with either no criminal background checks or by those with positive criminal background checks.

Investigators discovered that, over a three-year period, ECS owner Chanda Hall billed for Medicaid services that were not provided and made illegal payments to Medicaid recipients, some of which were for services never received.

It was also discovered that Hall maintained false public records and used the proceeds from her enterprise to operate other businesses in violation of the Louisiana Racketeering Act.

The following individuals were arrested by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit from June 5 – June 9, 2014 and transported to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for booking:

Chanda Hall, 36
Owner
Medicaid fraud
Filing false public records
Fraudulent remuneration
Conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud
Conspiracy to commit racketeering
Racketeering

Tamara Despenza, 38
Biller, Direct Service Worker
Medicaid fraud
Filing false public records

Sherman Brickley, 40
Direct Service Worker
Medicaid fraud
Filing false public records

Chiquita Brown, 34
Direct Service Worker
Medicaid fraud
Filing false public records
Fraudulent remuneration
Conspiracy to commit racketeering

Jerritt Bowie, 40
Direct Service Worker
Medicaid fraud
Filing false public records

Weston Evans, 35
Medicaid recipient
Fraudulent remuneration
Conspiracy to commit racketeering

Lillie Evans, 60
Medicaid recipient
Fraudulent remuneration
Conspiracy to commit racketeering

The following individuals were indicted by the Attorney General’s Office on June 5, 2014:

St. Theresa Boulanger, 66
Employee, Medicaid recipient
Fraudulent remuneration
Conspiracy to commit racketeering

Shirley Horton, 77
Medicaid recipient
Fraudulent remuneration
Conspiracy to commit racketeering 

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