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Federal prosecutors this week indicted five people and three affiliated companies on charges of defrauding Medicaid of millions of dollars, according to the office of U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana David Capp.
 
Roy Dunn and Kahley Vergon-Mayotte of Winimac and Anthony Bitterling of Monticello, owners and/or employees of Hoosier EMS ambulance service of Buffalo, Ind., were charged in one of two indictments handed down this week in Hammond.

A grand jury claims that the defendants submitted false claims for ambulance services for dialysis patients totaling at least $2 million between May 2009 and March 2012. Hoosier EMS either falsified claims submitted to Medicaid or submitted claims for patients who were capable of transporting themselves, according to the indictment.

The four-count indictment seeks criminal sentences as well as a money judgment, forfeiture of more than 40 vehicles owned by the company, and forfeiture of property in northern Indiana that is owned by the principals and valued at more than $400,000.

Charged with health care fraud in a separate indictment were Austin Nwaka, dba Service Above Self, of Camby, and Phyllis Lark, dba Absolute Care, of Hammond.  Lark was also charged with making false statements to a federal agent.
 
The five-count indictment returned by a grand jury alleges that Lark bilked Medicaid of more than $1.9 million for claims of providing targeted case management to 900 Medicaid recipients when she was not authorized to bill for those services, which include locating, managing, coordinating and monitoring proposed services for eligible recipients. Lark is accused in some cases of billing more than 24 hours per day.

Nwaka is accused of using his valid Indiana Medicaid provider ID number to bill for more than $1.3 million in services he was not authorized to provide, according to the indictment. The pair also “used Medicaid recipients’ unique Indiana Medicaid recipient numbers without (their) knowledge or permission … to submit fraudulent claims.” The indictment seeks criminal sentences and asset forfeiture.

Charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Indiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diane Berkowitz.

 

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  • she always got awaywith fraud
    Its that Mrs. Lark has made fraud with the state. I was her client no one is making this up it's true she even gave out fake information a bout me as well she does this and teach other people this negative business she gets other people in to this then she's happy and it don't seem to brother her she may seen like a nice woman but she is not then the people she teaches other people even that judge was smart not to hear her sad story because she was doing this before that child was born and if you have any question about i will tell you anything that you need to know.

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

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