March 8, 2006
COMPANY OWNER CHARGED WITH 42 COUNTS OF MEDICAID
FRAUD AND THEFT
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today
that Angelo Reynolds, 38, of the 8000 block of Harvest Bend Lane
in Laurel, and his company, MYPO, Inc., were charged with felony
Medicaid fraud and felony theft in a pair of 42 count criminal
indictments filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court. MYPO stands
for Maximizing Your Potential and Opportunities.
It is alleged that, from November, 2003 to June, 2004, Reynolds
and his company knowingly submitted more than $250,000 in fraudulent
claims to the Maryland Medicaid program. Those claims represented
that the company had provided therapy services to clients when
Reynolds knew the services had not been performed. MYPO served
eligible Medicaid recipients in Baltimore City and Prince George’s
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 MYPO, Inc. in
June of 2004. 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
General’ s Office.
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 5 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 March 20th.