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Young female caregiver helping senior woman walking down stairs at home

It never ceases to amaze how willing and able criminals are to commit fraud. (Money is usually the driver.) A Baltimore, Maryland woman was so willing and able to commit Medicaid fraud that she used her grandmother to carry out her devious scheme.

The young woman from Baltimore used her mother’s company, Abel Health Care, to scam the government healthcare program. For a little more than two years, the woman purportedly provided personal care services for her grandmother through her mother’s Towson-based home healthcare company. (Medicaid received the bill for those services, which included assistance with grooming, bathing, toileting, dressing and giving medicine.)

 There’s just one little problem. The granddaughter was just pretending to be caring for her grandmother. (Since the granddaughter is a grown woman, you can’t exactly say she was playing “make believe.”) She was actually working another job in Baltimore County at the time she claimed she was assisting her grandmother. (I wonder if Granny knew all about the scheme or was an innocent victim?)

The 25-year-old Baltimore woman was convicted of Medicaid fraud for submitting fraudulent claims stating she had provided personal care for her grandmother. Lucky for her, the granddaughter’s sentence of one year in prison was suspended. Instead, she received a sentence of three years of probation. She must also pay $29,000 in restitution to Medicaid.

Just as this young woman from Maryland was willing and able to commit fraud to make some extra cash at the expense of her grandmother, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is also willing and able to go after those who try to steal benefits meant for the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article, Baltimore City Woman Sentenced For Faking Care For Her Grandmother To Medicaid,” posted on Baltimore.cbslocal.com on August 19, 2019.

A 25-year-old woman was convicted of felony Medicaid fraud in which she pretended to be caring for her grandmother for several years.

Mariah Larease Moore is sentenced to one-year incarceration, all suspended and is on three years of probation- along with paying back $29,000 to the Medicaid program in restitution

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.