NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


January 24, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

OWNER OF ADULT DAY CARE CENTER CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT AND MEDICAID FRAUD

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that the owner of an adult day care center has been charged in Baltimore County Circuit Court with five counts of felony Medicaid fraud and two counts of felony theft. Barry Mehta, 60, of the 5500 block of Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, owned and operated Family Home Center, Inc., located at 5550 Baltimore National Pike, which provided medical care and rehabilitative services to eligible Medicaid recipients from 1993 until 2000. It is alleged that throughout the time his business was open, Mehta systematically billed the State for clients who were not actually present on the dates billed.

The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney Generalís Office. While an indictment is only an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty, a charge of Medicaid Fraud is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and a $10,000 fine. Felony theft is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years and a fine of $1,000.

An arraignment date has not yet been set.

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