MARTINSBURG, W.Va.– Several nurses supplying services in Berkeley County have been arraigned by a grand jury for apparently defrauding Medicaid, the state DHHR revealed Thursday.
The firm’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit looked for and acquired the indictments versus the owner and several employees of Martinsburg-based Staff Medical Inc. 247.
It’s declared the accused billed Medicaid for almost $574,000 but they weren’t certified nurses in West Virginia, which is needed by state law. They offered at home nursing services to people on Medicaid, inning accordance with Fraud Control Unit Deputy Director Richelle Garlow.
” They knew the requirements. We do have proof that they had actually checked out the procedure of becoming certified in the State of West Virginia but did not follow through with those treatments and billed for their services anyhow,” Garlow stated.
Those called in the indictments consist of: Judith A. Chi, 50, the owner of the company; Adeline A. Sims, 45; Michael B. Anu, 53; and Delphine F. Mbony, 47; all Maryland, and Grace Yudom, 63, of Washington, D.C.
Garlow stated nurses who are accredited in other states consistently protect licenses in West Virginia.
” It’s not a tough procedure,” Garlow stated. “They need to have certainly had the ability to follow these actions had they meant to.”.
Inning accordance with the DHHR, each accused is accused of 3 counts of Medicaid scams and one count of deceptive plans. The criminal indictment likewise called Staff Medical Inc. 247 as an accused. If convicted they deal with 1-10 years on the scams charges and fines as much as $10,000.
The supposed scams happened for 2 years. It ended in 2015 after the Medicaid Fraud Control discovered of the scenario through the firm’s stability workplace.