June 22, 2016
Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Kenneth Blake, Jr., 41, of Reno, was sentenced for Medicaid fraud on one count of making statements regarding truth and accuracy, a category “D” felony. The fraud was committed between July 2011 and July 2015.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) began investigating Blake after it was discovered that Blake had created and used false college transcripts in order to obtain status as a Medicaid provider. Blake subsequently admitted to intentionally creating false college transcripts in order to be paid to provide specialized rehabilitative mental health services.
“Creating false college transcripts offends the integrity and reliability of the valuable services Medicaid benefits provide our citizens,” said Laxalt. “My Office will continue to ensure that unqualified providers are held accountable for their fabrications.”
Second Judicial District Court Judge Lynne Simons sentenced Blake to a term of 19-48 months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $9,000 in restitution. Blake’s sentence was suspended, and he was placed on probation for a period of five years.
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 related fraud may contact the MFCU at 702-486-3420 or 775-684-1100.
To view the criminal Information for Blake, click here. To file a complaint with our Office, click here.
Senior Deputy Attorney General Mark J. Krueger prosecuted this case.
KENNETH BLAKE, JR.
(Photos courtesy of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department)