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AG’s Office Indicts Nine in Medicaid Fraud Scheme

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).

ZACHARY, LA — 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).  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 rendered 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 rendered 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.

To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 1-888-799-6885

 

 

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

7055 Villere Drive, Baker, LA 70714

Owner

Medicaid fraud

Filing false public records

Fraudulent remuneration

Conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

Racketeering

 

Tamara Despenza, 38

9448 Red Wood Lake Boulevard, Zachary, LA 70791

Biller, Direct Service Worker

Medicaid fraud

Filing false public records

 

Sherman Brickley, 40

9448 Red Wood Lake Boulevard, Zachary, LA 70791

Direct Service Worker

Medicaid fraud

Filing false public records

 

Chiquita Brown, 34

17441 Omega Court, Baker, LA 70714

Direct Service Worker

Medicaid fraud

Filing false public records

Fraudulent remuneration

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

 

Jerritt Bowie, 40

17441 Omega Court, Baker, LA 70714

Direct Service Worker

Medicaid fraud

Filing false public records

 

Weston Evans, 35

5245 Bank Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Medicaid recipient

Fraudulent remuneration

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

 

Lillie Evans, 60

5245 Bank Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

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

2022 N. Lobdell, Apartment # 3, Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Employee, Medicaid recipient

Fraudulent remuneration

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

 

Shirley Horton, 77

4210 Highway 956, Ethel, LA 70730

Medicaid recipient

Fraudulent remuneration

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

 

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