A Baton Rouge home health care company was indicted Thursday on state racketeering charges that accuse the firm of defrauding Louisiana’s Medicaid program of $15 million.
The indictment of Extraordinary Care Network Inc. by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury came five weeks after a federal grand jury in Baton Rouge indicted Extraordinary Care Chief Operating Officer Sedric C. Blakes, of Zachary, on health care fraud and wire fraud counts.
The company’s indictment alleges the racketeering activity stretched from January 2008 through March 2013 and included theft by fraud, money laundering, and filing and maintaining false public records.
The indictment further alleges the corrupt business practices included submitting false time sheets and progress notes, falsifying quarterly home/office visits and telephone communication with Medicaid recipients, billing for improper services not eligible for reimbursement, billing for services during hospital stays or after dates of death, billing for services not rendered by the assigned caretaker and billing for services on dates and times when the assigned caretaker held other outside employment.
Extraordinary Care’s indictment says the fraudulent schemes “netted the corporate defendant more than $15 million.”
Attempts to contact Extraordinary Care on Thursday were not successful.
The Feb. 5 indictment of Blakes, 42, says Extraordinary Care claims to have provided direct support and assistance to mentally impaired and the needy, but Blakes and his co-conspirators submitted fraudulent claims to Medicaid when they provided no such service.
Blakes’ indictment accuses him of fabricating and signing fictitious records indicating he had provided attendant care services to recipients in their homes while Blakes was out of town, gambling at a casino or elsewhere at the time of the purported service.
The state Attorney General’s Office obtained Thursday’s indictment.
The investigation is being conducted by the FBI, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office and the Medicare Fraud Strike Force.
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