August 30, 2017
Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Tamara McManigell, 47, formerly of Las Vegas, was sentenced in a Medicaid fraud case involving the failure to maintain required documentation. The fraud occurred between January 2014 and January 2015.
Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Douglas Smith sentenced McManigell to one count of intentional failure to maintain adequate records, a gross misdemeanor. As a part of the sentence, McManigell was ordered to serve a term of 364 days incarceration and to pay restitution of $33,668. Her sentence was suspended, and she was placed on probation for a period of 3 years.
“My office continues to take a strong stance against those committing Medicaid provider fraud,” said Laxalt. “These convictions ensure Medicaid dollars are available for recipients in need, and assist the State in holding perpetrators accountable for their actions.”
The investigation began after the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received information that McManigell, through her ownership of Faith in Life Counseling Center, Inc. (Faith in Life), was submitting claims for services not provided to Medicaid recipients. The investigation revealed that services Faith in Life allegedly provided to the Medicaid recipients did not reflect the actual services billed to Nevada Medicaid. The services were also not reflected accurately on the documentation used to verify the Medicaid claims.
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.
Senior Deputy Attorney General Andrew Schulke prosecuted this case.
(Photo courtesy of the
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)