Nov 09

Barre Town Male Sentenced for Medicaid Scams, Overlook

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Thomas J Donovan revealed Wednesday that Cody LaFountain, age 34, of Barre Town, Vermont, was sentenced to 50 months to 15 years imprisonment on September 26, 2017, in Vermont Superior Court for Washington County on one felony count of Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult with Serious Bodily Injury/Death resulting, one count of Medicaid Fraud, one misdemeanor count of False Pretenses, one misdemeanor count of Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult, and one count of False Information to Law Enforcement. LaFountain had formerly gotten in a nolo contendere plea on the felony charge of Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult with Serious Bodily Injury, and guilty pleas on the staying rely on May 26, 2017.

LaFountain was the shared living company for the handicapped grownup through a program handled by the Community Access Program of Rutland Mental Health Services. LaFountain cannot offer correct guidance to the handicapped individual, who experienced spastic paralysis and was non-verbal, by leaving the individual in the home ignored although care strategies needed 24-hour guidance and cannot get appropriate medical treatment for injuries suffered by the individual. While under LaFountain’s guidance, the individual suffered severe physical injuries on November 1, 2014, for which no health care was supplied, and died on November 2, 2014, in LaFountain’s home.

As an outcome of LaFountain’s failure to supply appropriate care to the handicapped grownup under the regards to shared living service provider agreement, Mr. LaFountain devoted Medicaid Fraud by looking for and getting payments of Medicaid funds under the shared living service provider program.

LaFountain also pled guilty to taking part in a plan with his sis, to send claims for offering care to the handicapped grownup under the Developmental Services Medicaid Waiver Program, when the care was not really supplied. According to files submitted to the Court and the admissions of the celebrations, LaFountain sent timesheets to the Medicaid program in his sis’s name for times she was working for a different company. LaFountain’s sis would cash the checks from the Medicaid payment firm and offer money to LaFountain associated to the inappropriate claims.

LaFountain also pled guilty to Providing False Information to Law Enforcement associated to incorrect declarations made to Barre Town Police and Vermont State Police throughout the preliminary phases of the examination right away after the death of the handicapped grownup. LaFountain made incorrect declarations, associated with occasions in the hours right away preceding the death of the susceptible grownup, to detectives, in addition to causing another individual to offer an incorrect declaration.

Attorney general of the United States Donovan stated, “This collective multi-firm effort shows Vermont’s dedication to safeguarding the most susceptible. This sentence sends out the best message to those that victimize Vermont’s handicapped.”.

The charges came from a joint examination by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, Medicaid Fraud & Residential Abuse Unit, Vermont Department of Aging and Independent Living, Adult Protective Services Unit, Barre Town Police Department, and Vermont State Police. The Medicaid Fraud & Residential Abuse Unit examines and prosecutes criminal activities including Medicaid scams and/or abuse or disregard of susceptible grownups.

Nov 09

6 Charged in Medicaid Fraud Sweeps Request PTI: Report

Lakewood, NJ– Six people who were charged in the Medicaid scams sweeps in late June and early July have asked for entry into the state’s pretrial intervention program, or PTI, according to a report.

The Asbury Park Press reported the 6 were amongst 8 people who appeared in Superior Court in Ocean County on Wednesday to react to charges of public support scams that authorities say has surpassed $2 million amongst the 26-people apprehended.

PTI enables somebody to implicate of a criminal offense to prevent trial and criminal conviction, supplied they meet all the requirements of the program. It is readily available just too newbie wrongdoers who are implicated in nonviolent criminal activities and the local district attorney’s workplace should grant it, according to state Office of the Judiciary website. Usually, PTI consists of guidance by the courts for as much as 3 years and requirements of paying restitution and social work.

2 people charged with a few of the most substantial scams, Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin and his other half, Tzipporah Sorotzkin, also appeared before the judge but were not amongst those looking for PTI, according to the Asbury Park Press report. Their lawyer informed the Asbury Park Press they mean to combat the charges.

Nov 09

Fugitive Macomb Dentist Charged with Medicaid Fraud Is Captured in the Dominican Republic

Who stated dental experts do not live amazing lives?

In May, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office submitted 27 felony charges versus dental professional Dr. David Johnson, of Chesterfield Township, in a supposed $1.7 million Medicaid scams plan while running Livernois Dental in Detroit.

The charges triggered Johnson to run away the nation. Recently, the United States Marshals Service captured the 51-year-old in the Dominican Republic.

Johnson is presently in custody in Miami and has waived extradition. He’ll be carried back to Michigan in the coming weeks to be arraigned in 54B District Court in Ingham County.

Johnson does not own Livernois Dental.

The Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division started an examination after getting an accusation that Johnson was billing the Medicaid program using the determining info of another dental practitioner.

Johnson was put on the Medicaid exemption list following earlier Medicaid scams convictions in 2006. The Medicaid exemption list is a list of healthcare suppliers restricted from billing the Medicaid program, the Attorney General’s Office discussed.

Johnson apparently used a qualified physician’s details to poorly bill $1.7 million for 3 years.