Attorney General Laxalt Pursues Fraudulent Health Care Provider
July 23, 2015
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Jeremy Sean Long, 40, of Las Vegas, was sentenced for submitting false Medicaid claims for behavioral health services he failed to provide. Long entered a guilty plea to one count of intentional failure to maintain adequate records, a gross misdemeanor. The fraud was committed between June and August 2012.
“This conviction will take us one step further in deterring future fraud and ensuring the quality of patient care,” said Laxalt. “My office will continue to protect taxpayer dollars and the most vulnerable among us.”
Long provided behavioral health services through Serenity Mental Health, a company that offers services such as substance abuse and rehabilitative mental health services. These services included therapy and other interventions designed to teach constructive cognitive and behavioral skills. An investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) revealed that Long created and submitted fraudulent service documentation to Serenity Mental Health for services that he failed to provide to Medicaid recipients. The MFCU discovered that Long asserted he had provided services to several Medicaid recipients while he was in fact outside the state of Nevada. In his documentation, he also maintained that he had provided services to a family of Medicaid recipients after the date the family had moved out of the state to California.
On behalf of the attorney general and the state, the MFCU investigates and prosecutes financial fraud by those providing healthcare services or goods to Medicaid patients. Persons convicted of Medicaid fraud may also be administratively excluded from future Medicaid and Medicare participation. Anyone wishing to report suspicious activities regarding any of these concerns may contact the MFCU at 702-486-3420 or 775-684-1100.
Senior Deputy Attorney General Andrew Schulke prosecuted this case.
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LONG, JEREMY SEAN
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Metropolitan Police Department)