Corporate Compliance

Former owner of healthcare business pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

Compliance Monitor, January 16, 2008

The former owner of Complete Care of America pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud, failing to pay employment taxes, and misuse of a Social Security number, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

From 1999 to 2005, Jacqueline Hayes owned Complete Care of America, which provided homemaker and personal care services to elderly and disabled clients in their homes. She pleaded guilty to a wide-ranging scheme to defraud Medicare by falsely attesting to the training and certification of numerous employees and planning the submission of false claims for services, often submitting claims and receiving reimbursements for services when no services had been rendered. According to the Department of Justice, the scheme resulted in $400,000 in losses for the government.

Hayes faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $2 million or both when she is sentenced March 27.

Click here to read more in the St. Louis Business Journal.

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