BELMONT, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced a $300,000 settlement with a Michigan man who allegedly billed Medicaid illegally for physician's services after fraudulently obtaining enrollment as a Medicaid provider.
Fitzgerald Hudson pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree and was sentenced to one year of prison and the payment of $21,000 in restitution to the state. Under the terms of a separate civil settlement, Hudson must repay the state $300,000 for Medicaid payments made to him and other healthcare providers for services he ordered and provided.
"No matter how elaborate the lie or cunning the criminal, those who attempt to defraud the healthcare system in our state will be brought to justice," Schneiderman said. "Misrepresentation of one's credentials as a medical professional to make money is a detriment to taxpayers and dangerous to patients. My office is dedicated to tracking down those who would abuse the system and preserving the integrity of Medicaid."
In 2007, Hudson allegedly misrepresented the completion of his undergraduate and residency training when he applied for a medical license from the state of New York. He allegedly enrolled as a Medicaid provider in 2009 based on an application on which he falsely represented there were no pending proceedings that could result in the revocation of his medical license. Days before the submission of his application, Hudson was personally served with written notice that proceedings were underway to revoke his license to practice medicine.