November 21, 2005
DRIVER CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING MEDICAID
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Kevin
Simmons, 48, of the 10300 block of Kentsdale Drive in Waldorf has
been charged in a criminal indictment filed in the Circuit Court
for Montgomery County with felony Medicaid fraud and felony theft
arising from his work as a taxi driver.
Through a grant to Montgomery County, the Medicaid program pays
taxi companies for their transportation of eligible Medicaid
recipients to and from medical appointments. It is alleged that
from January through April of 2003, while driving a taxi cab
for Barwood, Inc., Simmons knowingly caused Barwood, Inc. to
bill Montgomery County for taxi transportation of Medicaid recipients
that he was aware he had not performed. The amount of the fraud
is alleged to be approximately $18,000. Simmons is charged with
four counts of felony Medicaid fraud and one count of felony
warrant has been issued for Simmons’ arrest. Any person
who has information as to Kevin Simmons’ current location
is requested to contact Corporal David Sexton at (410) 576-6385.
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.
case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU)
the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, with assistance
from the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services.