Attorney General Laxalt Announces Sentencing of Behavioral Health Provider
July 17, 2017
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Kenneth Hollingsworth, 67, of Las Vegas, was sentenced today in a Medicaid fraud case involving the failure to maintain required documentation.
Hollingsworth was sentenced for one gross misdemeanor offense of Intentional Failure to Maintain Adequate Records by District Court Judge William Kephart. Kephart sentenced Hollingsworth to 364 days incarceration, suspended, performance of 100 hours of community service and payment of $1,199 in restitution. The fraud occurred between November 2013 and February 2015.
“Providers that commit fraud against the Medicaid system, no matter what the dollar amount might be, have stolen from the Medicaid system, said Laxalt. “These monies are needed by Medicaid to ensure that necessary services are being provided to Nevada’s Medicaid recipients.”
The investigation began after the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received information that Hollingsworth had allegedly not provided behavioral health services to Medicaid recipients. The investigation revealed that Hollingsworth had produced fictitious documentation, including progress notes, to Because We Care, LLC, Men on the Rise, Inc. and New Visions Behavioral Health Academy, LLC for the services he allegedly provided to Medicaid recipients. The documentation was false as it contained information for services that was in conflict with other services allegedly provided by Hollingsworth, or were for services that were not for the length of time or type of service as noted in the documentation.
The MFCU investigates and prosecutes financial fraud by those providing healthcare services or goods to Medicaid patients. The MFCU also investigates and prosecutes instances of elder abuse or neglect. Persons convicted of Medicaid fraud may also be administratively excluded from future Medicaid and Medicare participation. Anyone wishing to report suspicions regarding any of these concerns may contact the MFCU at 702-486-3420 or 775-684-1100.
The case was prosecuted by Andrew Schulke, Supervising Senior Deputy Attorney General.
(Photo courtesy of the
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)