March 6, 2018
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Because We Care, LLC (hereinafter BWC), based out of Las Vegas, was convicted today for Medicaid fraud.
Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti sentenced BWC on a gross misdemeanor charge of Intentional Failure to Maintain Adequate Records. The fraud was committed between November 2013 and September 2015.
“Medicaid provider businesses can be just as fraudulent as the individuals that commit Medicaid fraud,” said Laxalt. “Prosecution of these crimes helps deter fraud and keep these fraudulent businesses from operating in Nevada.”
Judge Togliatti sentenced BWC and placed it on probation for three years. As part of the sentence, BWC was ordered to pay $16,515.12 in restitution.
The investigation began after the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received an allegation that BWC had allegedly not provided serviced to Medicaid recipients as billed to Nevada Medicaid. The investigation revealed that BWC intentionally failed to maintain accurate documentation, including progress notes, concerning the services actually provided to Medicaid recipients. Many of BWC’s records did not note accurate or true dates or types of services purportedly provided to the Medicaid recipients.
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.
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This case was prosecuted by Andrew Schulke, Senior Deputy Attorney General.