April 25, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today said a St. Louis personal care services provider will pay the state of Missouri $149,414 for fraudulently billing for Medicaid services that it did not provide.
Angel's Care Inc., doing business as Angel's Care Home Health Services, and its owner-operator, Tawanda Gregory, participates in a Medicaid program that allows qualified Medicaid recipients to receive personal care services in their own homes. The Attorney General's investigation revealed that Angel's Care Inc. failed to provide several of its elderly and disabled clients the personal care services for which the company billed Medicaid.
Angel's Care Inc. claimed to have provided services in the clients’ homes during times when some of the clients were hospitalized, and after two clients were deceased. Angel's Care Inc. also allowed in-home personal care services to be provided by attendants who were ineligible to provide services. This fraudulent conduct occurred from September 2009 through November 2012.
"One of my top priorities as Attorney General is to enforce our laws against those who cheat Missouri taxpayers by committing Medicaid fraud," Koster said. "We will continue to search for individuals who would perpetrate this kind of fraud, and recover public money stolen from our health care system."
In addition to repaying the state $38,971.59 for its fraudulent billings, Angel's Care Inc. will be required under the settlement to pay damages of $77,943.18, penalties of $25,000, and more than $7,000 for the costs of the state's investigation.
Anyone who suspects Medicaid provider fraud, abuse, or neglect is encouraged to make a report in one of three ways. They can call the Medicaid Fraud Hotline, toll-free at 800-286-3932, submit a complaint by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Website at http://ago.mo.gov/divisions/medicaid-fraud-control-unit-faqs.htm.