Corporate Compliance

Man receives 20 years in prison for Medicaid fraud

Compliance Monitor, March 4, 2009

Lowndes (MS) County Circuit Court Judge Lee Howard sentenced Aaron Pulsifer, 39, of Columbus, MS, to 20 years in prison for Medicaid fraud, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
According to the DOJ, Pulsifer stole a Medicaid provider number and used it to submit false claims to Medicaid totaling approximately $1.2 million. According to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, Pulsifer used several childrens’ Social Security numbers to bill for counseling and treatment of mental disorders.
“In doing so, he labeled each child with psychiatric diagnoses to legitimize the claims. The Attorney General’s Office is working with Mississippi Medicaid to have these psychiatric labels removed from the system so that none of these children will be denied college entrance or military service based on false diagnoses in the future,” Hood said.

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