A defunct Donaldsonville in-home care company and its mother and daughter former owners and operators are under indictment in an alleged six-year scheme to defraud Louisiana’s Medicaid program by, among other ways, billing for services not performed and paying patients who signed off on inflated employee time sheets.
Majestic Home Care Services LLC and Martha M. and Latesha A. Taylor, 58 and 35, respectively, face a host of felony charges, including racketeering, money laundering, theft by fraud, criminal conspiracy, fraudulent remuneration and filing and maintaining false public records.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury returned the 14-count indictment Thursday. The state Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case, which was assigned to state District Judge Tony Marabella.
The indictment does not specify the amount of the alleged fraud involved in the case but does say Majestic billed the state’s Medicaid program for more than $5 million during its years in operation. The indictment does state that the alleged money laundering topped $100,000.
“This is an ongoing criminal prosecution; therefore, our office will refrain from commenting,” Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman Ruth Wisher said Friday. “However, the Attorney General’s Office takes all Medicaid fraud cases very seriously.”
The Taylors could not be reached for comment.
Two of Martha Taylor’s sons — former Majestic employees Ricky Taylor and Byron Collins Jr. — and fellow former Majestic worker Reneisha Jacobs already are being prosecuted in Baton Rouge state court on racketeering, criminal conspiracy and other charges stemming from the alleged fraud scheme.
Ricky Taylor and Collins, both of Donaldsonville, submitted time sheets for work they were supposedly providing while they were actually in jail, investigators have said.
State District Judge Lou Daniel is presiding over the case of Martha Taylor’s sons and Jacobs, of Napoleonville. There is a May 2 trial date in that case.
Majestic’s direct service workers were supposed to provide in-home care to Medicaid recipients such as cooking, grooming and bathing, according to investigators.
The indictment against Martha and Latesha Taylor, both of Donaldsonville, and Majestic accuses them of hiring unqualified, untrained, unsupervised and prohibited caretakers; failing to perform quarterly home visits and provide adequate supervision to ensure the services were provided as billed; allowing and causing the submission of false time sheets and progress notes for services not rendered; billing for services during periods of time when the Medicaid recipients were incarcerated; and agreeing to make cash payments to Medicaid recipients.