Attorney General Ford Announces Sentencing of Medicaid Provider

May 19, 2021

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Senior Life Advocacy Group, LLC d/b/a Floras Personal Care Attendant (FLORAS), a personal care services provider owned by Flora Siwa, was sentenced in a Medicaid fraud case involving false billing for medical services to Medicaid recipients. The fraud occurred between January 2018 and January 2019.

District Court Judge Eric Johnson sentenced FLORAS for a gross misdemeanor offense of Failing to Maintain Adequate Records. As part of the sentence, FLORAS was also ordered to pay $24,905.85 in restitution jointly with Flora Siwa, and placed on a term of probation for two years. Individuals or businesses convicted of Medicaid fraud may also be administratively excluded from future Medicaid and Medicare participation.  

“Personal care services are critical to many Nevadans, said AG Ford. “Convictions like these make sure that Medicaid providers don’t burden the system through improper and false claims of services.”

The investigation began after the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received information that FLORAS was billing for personal care services that had not been provided to Medicaid recipients. The investigation revealed that FLORAS billed Medicaid for purportedly providing personal care services to Medicaid recipients during various time periods when such Medicaid recipients were in fact hospitalized.  FLORAS knew that during periods of hospitalization, personal care services for patients are provided by the hospital and not by personal care services providers such as FLORAS.  Nevertheless, FLORAS billed Medicaid claiming such personal care services were provided by its health care providers to hospitalized patients.    

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. The Nevada MFCU receives 75 percent of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award. The remaining 25 percent is funded by the State of Nevada, MFCU. 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.

This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Steve Sidhu. 

To view the criminal information, click here. To file a complaint with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General, click here