Ghost Patient Medicaid Fraud: NV woman sentenced
A common form of Medicaid and Medicare fraud is the use of what is called ghost patients. Health care providers submit claims to the government for health care services, medical devices, medical tests, pharmaceuticals, or procedures they never provide. Either the patients do not exist at all, or the patients exist but did not receive the health care.
If you have non-public information about ghost patient Medicaid fraud or other health care fraud, a whistleblower attorney can help you determine whether you have a case. We can help evaluate whether you may be eligible for a whistleblower reward and guide you through the steps that need to be taken. Call 1-877-255-2676 today or contact us.
Medicaid fraud whistleblower stops ghost patient scheme in Vegas
Acting on a tip from a whistleblower, the Nevada Attorney General recently put an end to a ghost patient medicaid fraud scheme by a Vegas resident named Aurora Volero-Alvarez. A home health care worker, Volero-Alvarez’s job was to provide Medicaid recipients with personal assistance with basic services, including bathing, dressing, cleaning and meal preparation. But the patients she billed for were at other care facilities when Volero-Alvarez was claiming to have cared for them.
Volero-Alvarez pled guilty to a misdemeanor offense of submission of false medicaid claims. Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson sentenced her to 90 days jail, 40 hours of community service, a “stay out of trouble” provision, and ordered her to repay $18,450 in restitution and penalties.