George’s County Man Charged with Medicaid
BALTIMORE, MD (June
16, 2008) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today
that Lon Hamilton, Jr., 70, of the 6000 block of
Furman Court in Riverdale was charged in Prince George’s
County Circuit Court in a 12 count indictment with Medicaid fraud
and felony theft for falsely billing the Medicaid Program for services
that he did not provide.
The indictment charges
that Hamilton engaged in a scheme to defraud the Medicaid Program
from March 2004 through August 2005, by knowingly
submitting fraudulent claims for reimbursement to the Maryland
Medicaid Program. Those claims represented that Hamilton had provided
therapy services to eligible Medicaid recipients in Prince George’s
County when Hamilton knew that the services had not been performed.
Medicaid is a joint state and federal-funded program that provides
health services to the indigent.
Medicaid fraud is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison
and a $100,000 fine. Felony theft is punishable by up to 15 years
in prison and a $25,000 fine. If convicted, Hamilton may also be
ordered to pay restitution of up to three times the amount allegedly
stolen from the Medicaid Program. Trial is set for August 21, 2008.
This case is being
prosecuted by Attorney General Gansler’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit based upon a referral from the Maryland
Hygiene Administration. The Maryland Hygiene Administration coordinates
the mental health services provided by Medicaid.