Koster announces $149,000 settlement with St. Louis Medicaid provider

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 26, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on Thursday announced a $149,414 settlement with a St. Louis-based personal care provider to resolve allegations of fraudulent Medicaid billing.

Angel's Care Inc., doing business as Angel's Care Home Health Services, and Tawanda Gregory, the company's owner-operator, participates in a Medicaid program that lets qualified Medicaid recipients receive personal care services in their own homes.

Angel's Care Inc. allegedly failed to provide several of its disabled and elderly patients the personal care services for which the company billed Medicaid between September 2009 and November.

Angel's Care Inc. claimed to provide services in the homes of clients during times when some of the clients were in the hospital and after two clients had passed away.

The company also allegedly allowed in-home personal care services to be provided by ineligible attendants.

"One of my top priorities as attorney general is to enforce our laws against those who cheat Missouri taxpayers by committing Medicaid fraud," Koster said in a statement. "We will continue to search for individuals who would perpetrate this kind of fraud, and recover public money stolen from our health care system."

Under the terms of the agreement, Angel's Care Inc. must repay the state $38,971.59 for the allegedly fraudulent billings, damages of $77,943.18, penalties of $25,000 and more than $7,000 to cover attorney and case costs.

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