July 17, 2014
Defendant Omitted Prior Criminal Convictions on a Medicaid Provider Application
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced today the sentencing of Cornell Horn, 52, of Las Vegas, for Medicaid fraud.
“Prosecutions like these ensure that only individuals who are qualified enroll as Medicaid providers in order to deliver a skilled level of services to our State’s Medicaid recipients,” said Masto.
Horn pled guilty and was sentenced for one gross misdemeanor offense of attempting to submit false information in a Medicaid application by District Court Judge Michael Villani. Judge Villani sentenced Horn to 364 days in jail, suspended, and payment of $30,000 in restitution, penalties, and costs.
An investigation by the Nevada Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) revealed that Horn, the owner and operator of a behavioral health company in Las Vegas, had prior criminal convictions that would prohibit him from becoming a Medicaid provider. Horn failed to note said convictions or the extent of those convictions in the application he submitted to Nevada Medicaid to become a Medicaid provider in Oct. 2012.
Medicaid provides payment for the allocation of preapproved services aimed at rehabilitating individuals to gain psychiatric stability, social adjustment and independent living skills.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the AG’s MFCU, which investigates and prosecutes financial fraud by those providing healthcare services or goods to Medicaid recipients. The MFCU also investigates and prosecutes instances of elder abuse or neglect. Anyone wishing to report suspicions regarding any of these concerns may should file a complaint on our website ag.nv.gov or click here to access the complaint forms.
The case was prosecuted by Andrew Schulke, Senior Deputy Attorney General.
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(Photos courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)