9 charged in Zachary Medicaid fraud scheme
ZACHARY - The Louisiana Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said on Monday they have charged nine people in connection with a Medicaid fraud scheme.
The charges come after the AG's Office said an audit of Zachary-based Medicaid provider, Empowering Care Services, LLC, revealed the company had improperly billed the Louisiana Medicaid program for numerous undocumented services.
The investigation also found that services were being rendered by caregivers with either no criminal background checks or by those with positive criminal background checks, according to the Attorney General's Office.
Investigators said ECS owner Chanda Hall billed for Medicaid services that were not rendered and made illegal payment to Medicaid recipients. The AG's Office also said Hall maintained false public records and used ECS proceeds to operate other businesses in violation of the Louisiana Racketeering Act.
Authorities arrested seven people so far, with more expected later this week.