Posted: Jun 4, 2014 10:37 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Jun 4, 2014 10:37 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Authorities arrested eight people accused in a Medicaid scam that swindled the state out of more than $100,000.
Latesha Taylor, 33, and her mother, Martha Taylor, 56, own and operate Majestic Home Care Services in Donaldsonville. The two are accused of running a scheme that included illegal billing, bank fraud, and Medicaid fraud. According to documents obtained by WBRZ News 2, the pair even got patients involved.
The Attorney General's office is handling the investigation and had Ascension Parish deputies make arrests connected to the case. In addition to the mom and daughter, the elder Taylor's two sons, Ricky Taylor, 30, and Byron Collins, 23, were also arrested and are employed at Majestic, too.
The Attorney General's office says the business ran a scheme where employees would ask patients to sign blank time sheets so the company could bill the state when they did not actually work at all. Majestic workers allegedly paid the patients who played along with the scam hush money.
But, the investigation widens. The AG's office also accused the ring of double billing the state. And, according to investigators, the group made fake Donaldsonville High School diplomas for Ricky Taylor and Collins so they could work at Majestic. Agents reported they found no record of the two ever attending the high school.
Ricky Taylor and Byron Collins are also accused of billing the state during times they were in jail, but they reported doing work.
Authorities also arrested Jevon Soloman, 25, Reneisha Jacobs, 23, Corintha Brown, 27, and a patient accused of taking the hush money.
The scam is alleged to have lasted more than three years. A patient turned the group in, according to the AG.