FWA- Former Las Vegas Medicaid provider sentenced to prison in fraud case

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[MM Curator Summary]: A home health provider stole $775k from Medicaid using a bogus claims scam.


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Las Vegas (KSNV) — A former Medicard provided has been sentenced following the investigation of a fraud case that began in 2017.

64-year-old Tonda Renee Ward of Las Vegas, along with her company Southwestern Health Solutions L.L.C., was sentenced on Wednesday, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced.

The fraud case claimed Ward and her company submitted false claims and failed to maintain adequate records between December 31, 2017, and December 26, 2018.

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Judge Mary Kay Holthus found the company guilty of one count of Submitting False Claims: Medicaid Fraud, a category D felony. The defendant was ordered to pay $775,000 in restitution, costs, and penalties.

Ward was also found guilty of Intentional Failure to Maintain Records and was sentenced to 364 days in the Clark County Detention Center, suspended; placed on probation; and ordered to pay an additional $25,000.

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

Anyone who wishes to file a complaint with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General can do so here.