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Friends and family worked together to pull off what is considered to be the largest case of Medicaid fraud in the state of Minnesota. The $7.7million heist involved two sisters who illegally set up home care companies, then stole from the government program that was supposed to take care of their victims.

The younger sister, who was convicted of Medicaid fraud in 2012, told the judge that she had learned a lesson. Apparently, she learned how to run a fraud empire and subsequently worked as an agent for five home care agencies that were enrolled in the Medicaid program. (She disguised her tainted reputation and identity by using the names of family members and worked remotely from Arkansas.)

The two sisters billed Minnesota’s Medicaid program for more than $7.7 million in services that were not provided. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were used to pay unlawful kickbacks to clients, employees and some of the sisters’ friends and relatives.

A total of seven people were charged with Medicaid fraud in Minnesota, including the two sisters. Five of these co-conspirators pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, but the case against the sisters is the only one to go to trial. The sisters were convicted for defrauding Minnesota’s Medicaid program by operating fraudulent personal care attendant agencies.

Since this is not the first brush with the law for the youngest sister, there’s a good chance that she will serve considerable time behind bars for her second offense. Let’s hope she comes up with a better line than “I’ve learned a lesson.” (One thing is for sure — friends and family who defraud together go to jail together.)

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article, “Two more convicted in largest case of Medicaid fraud in Minnesota state court history,” posted on TwinCities.com on February 11, 2019.

Two people were convicted this past week for defrauding Minnesota’s Medicaid program of $7.7 million.

Lillian Richardson and Bridgett Burrell were found guilty of all charges that the Minnesota Attorney General’s office brought against them — one count each of racketeering and eight counts a piece of aiding and abetting theft by swindle. The convictions were part of the largest case of Medicaid fraud in state court history.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.