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Attorney general announces sentencing in Medicaid fraud case

Posted at 12:28 PM, Jun 24, 2020

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Brandy Latoya Williams, 34, of Las Vegas, was sentenced in a Medicaid fraud case involving false billing for Medicaid services allegedly provided to Medicaid recipients. The fraud occurred between January 2015 and February 2017.

District Court Judge Jacqueline Bluth sentenced Williams to 12-36 months in prison, suspended, and placed her on probation for five years for a felony offense of Submitting False Claims.

As part of the sentence, Williams was also ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution.

Individuals or businesses convicted of Medicaid fraud may also be administratively excluded from future Medicaid and Medicare participation.

The investigation of this case began during the course of another investigation where the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received an allegation that Busy Bee Behavioral Health LLC (Busy Bee) was not providing services to Medicaid recipients. The findings revealed that Williams, Busy Bee’s owner, submitted false claims for services that were never actually provided, and for services that did not have any documentation or the documentation was not sufficient to substantiate the claim billed to Medicaid.

The Medicaid recipient for which Busy Bee submitted claims for payment denied services being rendered as were billed. Busy Bee continued to receive payment for these claimed services.

This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Behnaz F. Salimian.