AG Gansler: Baltimore Support Services Provider Pleads Guilty to Fraud
False Medicaid claims submitted for care while defendant was overseas
Baltimore, MD ( April 30, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Maureen Nkolika Hatchett, 53, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty in Baltimore City Circuit Court to one count of misdemeanor Medicaid fraud for falsely billing the Medicaid program for home health services she never provided. Retired Circuit Court Judge David Ross ordered Hatchett to pay $2,858.10 in restitution to the Maryland Medicaid program and perform 100 hours community service. Hatchett was sentenced to two years incarceration, all of which was suspended, given two years supervised probation and ordered not to work for a Medicaid provider for five years.
"A vulnerable patient was put at risk by the defendant and all involved are fortunate that the damage done was limited to simple fraud," said Attorney General Gansler. "We appreciate the cooperation offered to our investigators by the defendant's employer once this fraud was uncovered."
Hatchett was employed by Fidelity Resources Inc., a Baltimore County-based regional provider, to perform support services for an individual with intellectual disabilities. From December 2009 to January 2010, Hatchett submitted payment claims to the Medicaid program for services supposedly provided to the recipient when, at the time, she was actually out of the country.
Upon discovery of the fraud, Fidelity Resources cooperated with investigators to identify the false billings. Medicaid is a health-care program for families and children and certain other individuals who qualify based on income levels, disability, and certain other circumstances.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office. In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Catherine Schuster Pascale for her work on the case and the Maryland State Police for its assistance with the investigation.