A 42-year-old Zachary man was indicted Friday as part of an ongoing investigation into health care fraud, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said.
Sedric C. Blakes, 42, of Zachary, was charged with multiple counts of health care fraud and wire fraud.
Green’s news release says that from January 2008 through March 2013, Blakes defrauded Medicaid while he was the chief operating officer of Extraordinary Car Network Inc.
The release says that during that time, Extraordinary Care submitted $16.4 million in claims to Medicaid and was paid approximately $14.8 million.
Extraordinary Care claims to have provided direct support and assistance to mentally impaired and the needy, but the release says Blakes and co-conspirators submitted fraudulent claims to Medicaid when they provided no such service.
“Among other instances, Blakes fabricated and signed fictitious records indicating he had provided attendant care services to recipients in their homes, while the investigation revealed that Blakes was out of town, gambling at a casino, or elsewhere, at the time of the purported service,” the release says.
The investigation is being conducted by the FBI, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the state Attorney General’s Office and the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, the release says.