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Louisiana officials charge five with Medicaid fraud

Medicaid is a joint effort of the federal government and the 50 state governments to help more than 70 million Americans with limited income and assets receive needed medical care. 

We recently read of five people arrested across the state on Medicaid fraud charges after a joint investigation by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, the state Department of Health and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office.

According to a news source, a 33-year-old Alexandria man was arrested on three charges: theft over $25,000, government benefits fraud and filing or maintaining false public records. Officials claim he provided false employment and income information in order to get Medicaid to pay more than $40,000 in claims for himself and his family.

He reportedly owns two convenience stores and a tire service business. In addition, he apparently owns a Medicaid provider company and has been charged with criminal conspiracy and 10 counts of Medicaid fraud for alleged illegal activities as a provider.

Also among those arrested was a 52-year-old Lafayette man accused of theft of between $5,000 and $25,000. Officials said they believe the man collected tens of thousands of dollars in Medicaid benefits while working and earning more than twice the monthly income limit for the program.

A 43-year-old man from St. James and a 45-year-old from St. Martinsville were both charged with filing or maintaining false public records related to income above the program’s eligibility requirements.

The only woman among those arrested is a 60-year-old from Bossier City. She reportedly claimed income of just $150 weekly (which is $7,800 yearly), though she had an income that topped $40,000 per year.

Penalties for convictions on the charges range up to five years behind bars and heavy fines.

If you or a loved one has been charged with similar crimes, contact a Lake Charles attorney experienced in white collar defense.

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