Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Abandoned

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the conviction of a Pocola, Oklahoma man for Medicaid fraud. Shawn Howard pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), with an additional 15 years suspended.

Someone Dropped the Ball

Home health or personal care aides provide personal care services such as meal planning and food preparation, companionship, medication management, transportation, bathing and dressing services to individuals who are ill, injured or disabled, elderly or fragile in general. (On average, Medicaid pays caregivers $8 - $14 per...

No Vacancy – Just Empty Rooms

Bethel, Alaska is not a very large community. However, with a population of around the mid-6,000s, it is actually the largest community in western Alaska, as well as the 9th largest in the entire state. Unfortunately, that status did not necessarily help the financial...

Putting a Stop to Fraud

More than 2.1 million residents of North Carolina receive Medicaid benefits. (Just so you know, that’s about 20 percent of the state’s population.) The government healthcare program and taxpayers took a $900,000 hit when a Durham woman used her two mental health businesses to carry out...

Bluffing in Butte

The city of Butte, Montana was named after a nearby peak, Big Butte, which was referred to as “the richest hill on earth.” (Rich mineral deposits – like gold – attracted settlers to the area in the late 1800’s.) According to today’s fraud article,...

Hoverboarding to Prison

A dentist from Anchorage has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for defrauding Alaska’s Medicaid program. Seth Lookhart was investigated after a video of him went viral on the internet which showed him extracting a tooth from an unconscious patient while riding a...

“Ghost” Employee; Real Scam

A Pennsylvania Personal Assistance Services director pleaded guilty to participating in a massive Medicaid fraud scheme. His plea included one count of conspiracy to defraud the Pennsylvania Medicaid program and one count of healthcare fraud. Keith Scroggins, who worked for Moriarty Consultants, Inc., submitted fraudulent...

Another One Bites the Dust

The most common perpetrator of healthcare fraud is usually someone working within the profession who has access to sensitive patient information. This includes, but is not limited to doctors, nurses, medical sales representatives, and pharmacists. An Arlington, Va., man recently pleaded guilty to his...

Government-funded Vacation

Living in the United States has many benefits, like democracy and an enormous amount of freedom. Then, there’s access to excellent education, healthcare and other government benefits to consider. Last time I checked, government-funded vacations were not one of the perks of living in...

Friends and Family

Friends and family worked together to pull off what is considered to be the largest case of Medicaid fraud in the state of Minnesota. The $7.7million heist involved two sisters who illegally set up home care companies, then stole from the government program that was supposed...

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