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9 indicted in Medicaid fraud scheme

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - 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

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