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For Immediate Release

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David Paulson, 410-576-6357
dpaulson@oag.state.md.us

Baltimore Home Health Care Provider Indicted for Medicaid Fraud


Baltimore, MD ( Aug. 9, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Maureen Nkolika Hatchett, 53, of Baltimore, has been indicted by the Grand Jury for Baltimore City. Hatchett is charged with one count of Felony Medicaid Fraud and one count of Felony Theft over $1,000.

It is alleged that from December 2009 through January 2010, Hatchett, who provides home health care services, submitted claims for payment to the Medicaid program for services that were not rendered. No court dates have been scheduled yet.

Medicaid is a health care program for families and children and certain other individuals who qualify based on income levels, disability and other circumstances. Felony Medicaid Fraud is punishable by up to five years incarceration and up to a $100,000 fine. Felony Theft (over $1,000 and less than $10,000) is punishable by up to 10 years incarceration and up to a $10,000 fine.

A criminal indictment is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent unless and until the State proves the individual guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office.

   

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