Personal Care Attendant Convicted for Fraudulently Billing Medicaid
May 9, 2013
On May 8, 2013, 45 year old Rosario Angeles of Anchorage, was sentenced by the Anchorage District Court for committing Medical Assistance Fraud.
The case against Angeles was derived from a report to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit expressing concern that Angeles was fraudulently billing Medicaid for services she was not providing as Angeles was outside of the United States. A comparison of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records against Medicaid billing records revealed that Angeles billed Medicaid for services she claimed to be providing her mother while Angeles was in Japan. A review of Department of Labor records further revealed that Angeles was billing Medicaid for services she claimed to be providing while she was actually working at Providence Hospital.
Based on the aforementioned evidence, Rosario Angeles was convicted of two counts of Medical Assistance Fraud. Angeles was ordered to pay a $2,500.00 fine, serve 90 days of suspended jail time, pay the State of Alaska restitution in the amount of $9,250.77, and serve three years of probation. Angeles is also ineligible to work for or bill Medicaid for providing personal care assistance services in the future as a result of their convictions.
The Alaska MFCU is part of the Attorney General’s Office. The MFCU is responsible for investigating and prosecuting Medicaid fraud and abuse, neglect or financial exploitations of patients in any facility that accepts Medicaid funds. The indictment and information adding misdemeanor counts for each of these cases can be found on the MFCU website.
CONTACT: Assistant Attorney General Andrew Peterson at 907-269-6292. For more information about the Angeles case or other cases handled by the Alaska MFCU, go to http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/mfcu.html.
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