Corporate Compliance

NJ man sentenced to jail for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, February 20, 2008

The vice president of adult daycare centers in New Jersey will spend 55 months in jail for allegedly conspiring to defraud Medicaid of approximately $5.5 million by submitting false claims for medical services that were never rendered, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Ernest Galletta, 58, of Buena Vista Township, vice president of Horizon National Healthcare, was sentenced to 55 months in prison. His brother, George Galletta, 55, of Vineland, who owned and operated Horizon, was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by six months of home confinement.

According to the DOJ, the brothers submitted inflated claims for services supposedly rendered to Medicaid patients at their adult medical daycare centers. The patients did not receive the services and, as a result of the false claims filed by the Gallettas, Medicaid overpaid Horizon by approximately $5.5 million.


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