Bryan Cohen Feb. 8, 2013, 7:39pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a settlement Thursday with a St. Louis-based Medicaid home health provider for allegedly engaging in fraudulent billing to Medicaid for services it did not provide.

Infiniti Home Care Inc. bills Medicaid for providing home care for the disabled and elderly. Koster alleged that between February 2009 and February 2012, Infiniti billed Medicaid for services it did not actually provide.

During one extended period, Infiniti Home Care allegedly billed Medicaid for services when no personal care attendant appeared at the home of the client at all.

"Home-bound Medicaid clients rely on home health care businesses to provide essential assistance, and companies like Infiniti Home Care are expected to supervise their employees and ensure Medicaid services are delivered," Koster said. "In this case, the company failed to carry out its duties. I am committed to holding companies responsible for doing what Medicaid pays them to do - making sure that services are properly provided and that Medicaid clients receive the assistance they deserve."

Under the terms of the settlement, Infiniti Home Care must pay $174,504 in total to the MO HealthNet Fraud Reimbursement Fund. Approximately $23,001 of the payment will go to restitution with the remaining contributing to damages, attorney fees and penalties.

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