8 arrested in Donaldsonville Medicaid fraud conspiracy - FOX Carolina 21

8 arrested in Donaldsonville Medicaid fraud conspiracy

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -

Eight people were arrested Tuesday after it was discovered that a personal care services company conspired with its Medicaid recipients to steal Medicaid money, according to the Louisiana Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

The Donaldsonville-based provider Majestic Home Care Services, LLC, owned by Latesha Taylor and operated with her mother, Martha Taylor, repeatedly billed Louisiana's Medicaid program for services that weren't rendered, the attorney general said.

Majestic employed supervisors and direct-service workers, including other members of the Taylor family, who struck deals with Medicaid patients. Direct-service workers provided in-home services to Medicaid recipients such as cooking, grooming and bathing, but under the arrangements, recipients would let the workers submit paperwork for services that were not performed, often claiming more than 40 hours worked in a week. Recipients would then sign fraudulent timesheets and, in return, receive up to half the Medicaid reimbursement dollars through cash payments and bank deposits.

In one instance, the Medicaid program paid in excess of $100,000 over a three-year period for services that were never performed.

Among the direct-service workers hired were Martha Taylor's sons, Ricky Taylor and Byron Collins Jr., who both submitted fake high school diplomas to obtain work. Latesha Taylor is charged with knowingly facilitating the submission of the forged academic records. While employed, Ricky Taylor and Collins were arrested in unrelated incidents, yet investigators found that both submitted time sheets claiming they were providing medical services while actually under arrest and in custody.

Additionally, a 2013 letter submitted to the Department of Health and Hospitals by Latesha Taylor confirming that Majestic had a $50,000 line of credit was found to be fraudulent.

The following people were arrested by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit and the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for booking:

Latesha Taylor, 33

Owner

Forgery, 1 felony count

Medicaid fraud, 1 felony count

Criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, 1 felony count

Criminal conspiracy to commit forgery, 2 felony counts

 

Martha Taylor, 56

Operator, company administrator

Medicaid fraud, 2 felony counts

Criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, 2 felony counts

Fraudulent remuneration, 2 felony counts

Criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration, 2 felony counts

Criminal conspiracy to commit forgery, 2 felony counts

Filing and/or maintaining false public records, 2 felony counts

 

Ricky Taylor, 30

Direct-service worker

Medicaid fraud, 16 felony counts

Fraudulent remuneration, 16 felony counts

Criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, 16 felony counts

Criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration, 16 felony counts

Forgery, 1 count

 

Byron Collins Jr., 23

Direct-service worker

Medicaid fraud, 11 felony counts

Fraudulent remuneration, 11 felony counts

Criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, 11 felony counts

Criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration, 11 felony counts

Forgery, 1 felony count

Reneisha Jacobs, 23

Direct-service worker

Medicaid fraud, 6 felony counts

Fraudulent remuneration, 6 felony counts

Criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, 6 felony counts

Criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration, 6 felony counts

 

Corinthia Brown, 27

Office supervisor

Medicaid fraud, 5 felony counts

 

Jevon Soloman, 25

Direct-service worker, office staff

Medicaid fraud, 6 felony counts

 

Brandy Joseph, 29

Medicaid recipient

Medicaid fraud, 7 felony counts

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