Maryland man indicted for Medicaid fraud felonies

Maryland man indicted for Medicaid fraud felonies

A man from Charles County is facing several felony theft counts for his
alleged involvement in a Medicaid fraud ring. Although the man is not
accused of physically stealing –
burglary and breaking and entering are not alleged – he still is thought
to have stolen thousands from the government administrations that oversee
the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a healthcare provision program that
allows families, children and sick individuals to access low- or no-cost
medical services. Maryland residents are vetted for the program using
a combination of income evaluation, disability status and several other
considerations.

Authorities allege that the 54-year-old man, indicted on charges of felony
Medicaid fraud and felony theft over $1,000, submitted claims to Medicaid
for services he never provided. The man is a Licensed Clinical Professional
Counselor, according to news reports. He is accused of lying about providing
therapy services for low-income patients in the Medicaid program from
December 2011 through October 2012. News reports do not indicate exactly
how much the man is accused of stealing.

These felonies are accompanied by serious consequences. The man in this
case could face decades in prison; felony theft can lead to a 10-year
prison term, while felony Medicaid fraud can yield a five-year stint for
each count. The man is accused of three counts of each crime. Further,
the man could be required to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in criminal
restitution for his alleged involvement in these felonies.

Although the man has been accused of these crimes through a federal indictment,
he is still innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. A trial date
has not yet been set, and the man does not appear to have entered a plea
in the matter. Defendants who are facing similar criminal charges may
benefit from the assistance of a qualified defense attorney, who can help
them learn more about their legal options and rights.

Source: Southern Maryland Online, “Charles Co. Man Indicted in Medicaid Fraud Case” No author given, Dec. 27, 2013