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[MM Curator Summary]: One of the 78 people caught in the national Medicaid fraud dragnet that uncovered $2.5B in fraud.
Courtesy – DOJ.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Attorney General’s office, through its Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, joined more than a dozen states and the federal government Wednesday in a nationwide enforcement action against 78 individuals charged with $2.5 billion in Medicaid Fraud. One of those charged is a licensed practice nurse (LPN) in Columbus.
Columbus LPN Erin McMillan, 44, faces charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud; furnishing false or fraudulent information; and failure to make, keep, or furnish a record. Complaint filings reportedly include video footage of McMillan obtaining narcotic medications but not administering them and staff alleging that she put items into her personal bags at work, per the Attorney General’s office.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, defendants supposedly defrauded Medicaid and Medicare programs and some used the proceeds to buy exotic automobiles, jewelry, and yachts. The Justice Department seized millions in cash, automobiles, and real estate related to the schemes.
The Indiana Attorney General’s Office investigated eight cases against licensed healthcare professionals and medical offices. Department attorneys, with the assent of local prosecutors, will pursue charges against the accused.