March 18, 2019
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Felecia Bluntson, 34, of Las Vegas, was sentenced today in a Medicaid fraud case involving false billing for medical services to Medicaid recipients. The fraud occurred between May 2016 and September 2016.
District Court Judge William Kephart sentenced Bluntson to 364 days incarceration, suspended, and placed her on probation for two years for a gross misdemeanor offense of failing to maintain adequate records. As part of the sentence, Bluntson was also ordered to pay $1,377.00 in restitution and perform 40 hours of community service. Individuals or businesses convicted of Medicaid fraud may also be administratively excluded from future Medicaid and Medicare participation.
“These convictions ensure that Medicaid providers are not cheating the system and are actually providing those much needed medical services to Nevadans,” said AG Ford.
The investigation began after the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received information that Bluntson was billing for medical services that had not been provided to Medicaid recipients. The investigation revealed that Bluntson did knowingly create fictitious documentation, including time sheets, for services allegedly provided to Medicaid recipients. Bluntson then submitted the false documentation to her employer, Triple C Personal Care Agency. The documentation prepared by Bluntson, and used to substantiate Medicaid claims, was false as Bluntson’s records included services allegedly provided to Medicaid recipients who were actually incarcerated during times Bluntson claimed to have provided such services.
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. Anyone wishing to report suspicions regarding any of these concerns may contact the MFCU at 702-486-3420 or 775-684-1100. To file a complaint, click here.
The case was prosecuted by Steve Sidhu, Senior Deputy Attorney General.
To view the criminal information, click here.
(Photo courtesy of
the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)