As the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low incomes, Medicaid provides coverage for about one in five Americans. (Many of these vulnerable individuals need costly care.) Even relatively small-scale fraud diverts money that is sorely needed to provide healthcare to those who are genuinely in need. And that makes it gratifying when the program recoups money from a B list schemer who lied to and defrauded Medicaid, such as Klynt Cordero Guy of Wichita, Kansas.
From April 2016 to February 2017, Guy perpetrated Medicaid fraud regarding personal care services, which help people remain in their own homes rather than moving to a nursing home. (Seems like he was just feathering his own nest, at Medicaid’s expense.) On April 28, 2021, Guy pleaded guilty to two counts of making a false claim or representation to the Medicaid Program.
The judge accepted the plea, ordering Guy to refund Medicaid $6,053.25. Guy is also on the hook for the $1,500 it cost the state to investigate the Medicaid fraud crimes. The judge also sentenced Guy to one year of probation.
If he doesn’t toe the line, he could face a jail term of up to two years. (This Guy better wise up quick.)
Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from a Wichita Eagle article, “Wichita man cheated KS Medicaid program out of thousands that he must now repay: AG,” dated May 6, 2021.
A Wichita man must repay thousands of dollars he allegedly cheated out of the Kansas Medicaid program.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that 33-year-old Klynt Cordero Guy last week was ordered to refund Medicaid $6,053.25 after he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of making a false claim or representation. Prosecutors say Guy lied to and defrauded the low-income, public health insurance program from April 2016 to February 2017.