Attorney General Ford Announces Sentencing of Las Vegas Medicaid Provider Brandy Latoya Williams


June 22, 2020

 

Las Vegas, NV - Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Brandy Latoya Williams, 34, of Las Vegas, was sentenced in a Medicaid fraud case involving false billing for Medicaid services allegedly provided to Medicaid recipients. The fraud occurred between January 2015 and February 2017.

District Court Judge Jacqueline Bluth sentenced Williams to 12-36 months in prison, suspended, and placed her on probation for five years for a felony offense of Submitting False Claims. As part of the sentence, Williams was also ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution. Individuals or businesses convicted of Medicaid fraud may also be administratively excluded from future Medicaid and Medicare participation.

“Fraudulently billing for services that were never provided is calculated theft from a government program designed to help Nevadans get access to necessary and affordable health care," said AG Ford. “In our mission to protect the health and safety of Nevadans, we will continue to hold provider businesses that commit fraud accountable. This sentence will recover what has been stolen from Nevada’s taxpayers.”

The investigation of this case began during the course of another investigation where the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received an allegation that Busy Bee Behavioral Health LLC (Busy Bee) was not providing services to Medicaid recipients. The findings revealed that Williams, Busy Bee’s owner, submitted false claims for services that were never actually provided, and for services that did not have any documentation or the documentation was not sufficient to substantiate the claim billed to Medicaid. The Medicaid recipient for which Busy Bee submitted claims for payment denied services being rendered as were billed. Busy Bee continued to receive payment for these claimed services.

The MFCU investigates and prosecutes financial fraud by those providing health care 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.

This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Behnaz F. Salimian.

To view the criminal Information against Brandy Latoya Williams, click here. To file a complaint with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General, click here.

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    Williams, Brandy Latoya

      (Photograph courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

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