September 8, 2005
FORMER MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING EMPLOYEE INDICTED
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Moses
Ige, 44, who lives at the 1200 block of Middleborough Road in Essex,
was charged in a criminal indictment with felony Medicaid fraud
and felony theft.
It is alleged that from May through November of 2003, while he was employed
by a mental health counseling company called Calvary Healthcare, Inc., Ige
caused Calvary to submit claims seeking payment from Medicaid for services
which Ige knew had not been provided.
The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) of the
Maryland Attorney General’s Office. The MFCU conducted the investigation
with assistance from the Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA), which suspended
payments to Calvary in December of 2003. MHA has been working with the MFCU
to root out fraud in its programs, and several cases of possible fraudulent
behavior by MHA providers are currently under investigation by the Attorney
While an indictment is only an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent
unless proven guilty, a charge of felony Medicaid fraud is punishable by a
maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Felony theft
is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years and a fine of $25,000.
An arraignment date has been set in Baltimore City Circuit Court for October