Charles County Man Indicted for Medicaid Fraud, Making False Statements and Theft


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 7, 2000

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a Charles County man has been charged with Medicaid fraud and theft of funds from Medicaid in a 17-count indictment returned by a Baltimore City grand jury.

Daniel Paul Sanchuk, 49, of 9487 Canary Drive, Bel Alton, Maryland, worked for MedSource Resources, Inc., a company that operates homes for developmentally disabled adults in Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Sanchuk was charged with Medicaid fraud for submitting false invoices to Medicaid from MedSource. On seven separate occasions from September 1996 through March 1998, Sanchuk is alleged to have falsely certified that invoices for payment were correct when he knew that they were not. The amount of overpayment to MedSource totaled more than $450,000.

The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office.

While a statement of charges is only an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty, a charge of Medicaid fraud occurring prior to October 1, 1997 is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine and thereafter is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $100,000 fine. A charge of knowingly making false statements to Medicaid is punishable by a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $50,000 fine. A charge of theft in excess of $300 is punishable by a maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison and a $1,000 fine.


For Further Information Contact:
Sean Caine
Public Information Officer
(410) 576-6357