May 24, 2016
Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Advanced Counseling Group, LLC, doing business as Advanced Behavioral Care (ABC) and based in Las Vegas, was sentenced for Medicaid fraud. The fraud was committed between April and July 2014.
“Medicaid provider businesses need to be held accountable for taking advantage of the Medicaid system,” said Laxalt. “Prosecution of these crimes helps deter fraud and keep these fraudulent businesses from operating in Nevada.”
Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti sentenced ABC on a gross misdemeanor charge of intentional failure to maintain adequate records and placed it on probation for three years. As part of the sentence, ABC was also ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution.
The investigation began after the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received information that ABC was allegedly not providing services to Medicaid recipients. The investigation revealed that the company submitted claims for services that did not have any documentation. As a result, ABC subsequently received payment for these claimed services. Nevada Medicaid had also previously placed ABC on notice regarding the need to maintain accurate and proper documentation.
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, click here. To file a complaint with our office, click here.
This case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Andrew Schulke.