February 25, 2019
Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Cory Ron Bieniemy, 47, of Las Vegas, was sentenced in a Medicaid fraud case involving false billing for medical services to Medicaid recipients. The fraud occurred between January 2015 and October 2016.
District Court Judge Michael P. Villani sentenced Bieniemy to 12-48 months incarceration, suspended, and placed him on probation for five years for a felony offense of Submitting False Claims. As part of the sentence, Bieniemy was also ordered to pay $55,603 in restitution and perform 150 hours of community service. Individuals or businesses convicted of Medicaid fraud may also be administratively excluded from future Medicaid and Medicare participation.
“False billing is calculated theft from a government program designed to help Nevadans get access to affordable health care,” said AG Ford. “This sentence will recover what was stolen from Nevada’s taxpayers.”
The investigation of this case began after the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received information that Bieniemy, the owner of Home Possibilities, LLC, was billing for medical services that had not been provided to Medicaid recipients. The investigation revealed that Bieniemy intentionally submitted claims to Medicaid asserting specific medical services and quantities of services had been provided to Medicaid recipients by individuals employed by Bieniemy’s business. Many of the medical claims submitted by Bieniemy lacked any supporting records. Upon further investigation, the documentation prepared by Bieniemy and used to substantiate Medicaid claims was also false. Services allegedly provided to Medicaid recipients by Bieniemy were never in fact provided, and the records listed service providers who never provided the alleged medical 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. To file a complaint, click here.
This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Steve Sidhu.
BIENIEMY, CORY RON
(Photograph courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)