BELMONT, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Friday a $300,000 settlement with a Michigan man who allegedly billed Medicaid for physician's services after being enrolled as a Medicaid provider under false pretenses.
Under the terms of a civil settlement, Fitzgerald Hudson agreed to repay the state $300,000 for Medicaid payments made to him and other health care providers for services he ordered and provided.
"By misrepresenting his credentials, Hudson was able to dupe the state Medicaid system and steal thousands of dollars from New York taxpayers," Schneiderman said. "His actions resulted in harm to an important program that helps patients in need -- a crime my office will not tolerate.
"My office will continue fighting to preserve the integrity of Medicaid by protecting recipients and recovering stolen taxpayer funds."
Hudson was indicted last summer on grand larceny and other charges.
In court documents filed in the criminal case, Hudson admitted to personally obtaining $21,630.24 from the Medicaid programs on claims submitted for services between Dec. 1, 2009 to May 7, 2010. He pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree in Allegany County Court and faces up to four years in state prison.
Schneiderman filed a civil suit in September alleging that Hudson repeatedly falsified applications related to his medical degrees.