September 3, 2014
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez
Masto announced today that Solange Phillips, 31, of Las Vegas was sentenced for
Medicaid Fraud. Phillips pled guilty to and was sentenced for a gross
misdemeanor offense of failure to maintain adequate records.
“Phillips failed to keep true and accurate records for Medicaid
reimbursement,” said Masto. “It is important that we maintain the
integrity of the service and prosecute fraudulent Medicaid providers to ensure
recipients continue to receive much needed services”.
District Court Judge David Barker sentenced Phillips to 200 days in jail,
suspended, performance of 100 hours of community service and payment of $7,500
in restitution, penalties, and costs.
An investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU)
revealed that Phillips was providing false documentation for reimbursement to a
mental health company. The investigation revealed that Phillips had
submitted documentation claiming she had provided mental health services to
Medicaid recipients. The hours Phillips allegedly provided to the Medicaid
recipients did not reflect the actual amount of hours she listed on her
documentation. The documentation was relied upon by the mental health
company for submission of claims to Nevada Medicaid. The fraud occurred
from September 2012 through May 2013.
Medicaid provides payment, and allocates predetermined amounts of time, for
assistance to individuals to gain psychiatric stability, social adjustment and
independent living skills.
The MFCU investigates and prosecutes financial fraud by those providing
healthcare services or goods to Medicaid patients, elder abuse and neglect.
Anyone wishing to report suspicions regarding any of these concerns may contact
the MFCU at 702-486-3420 or 775-684-1100. To file a complaint visit our
website at http://ag.nv.gov/Complaints/File_Complaint/.
The case was prosecuted by Andrew Schulke, Senior Deputy Attorney General.
To read the criminal information click here.
(Photos courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)