Corporate Compliance

Richmond man receives jail term for Medicaid fraud scheme

Compliance Monitor, July 11, 2007

A federal judge sentenced a Richmond, VA man last week to nine years in prison and ordered him to repay more than $1 million swindled from Medicaid in a healthcare fraud scheme, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Yves Rommel Etienne was indicted by a U.S. District Court grand jury in February on charges stemming from a four-year conspiracy involving his Richmond-based company, Premiere Healthcare. The company primarily provided healthcare services paid for by Medicaid.

One of the charges was aggravated identity theft. The U.S. attorney's office said Etienne stole personal information from two registered nurses and used it to make it appear bona fide nurses were on Premiere's staff. The company purported to provide qualified patient care to Medicaid clients.

Instead, unqualified people were hired as nurses' aides, patient records were forged to show that a registered nurse assessed new clients and Medicaid was billed for services not provided in compliance with state regulations, authorities said.

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