AG Gansler: Montgomery Co. Woman Pleads Guilty to Medicaid Fraud
Nursing services provider ordered to pay additional $5,900
Baltimore, MD (March 6, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Deanne Grant, 47, of Montgomery Village, pleaded guilty to one count of Felony Medicaid Fraud for submitting multiple false claims over a period of more than two-and-a-half years. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Marcus Z. Shar sentenced Grant to 364 days probation, 80 hours of community service and ordered restitution of $3,385.14 to the Maryland Medicaid program, plus $2,500 to be paid to the Office of the Attorney General. The payments are in addition to a civil settlement reached last summer.
"Most service providers treat Medicaid and the Marylanders who depend on it with respect and honesty," said Attorney General Gansler. "We hope this case sends a message to the few bad actors out there who try to cheat Maryland Medicaid: We will catch you and you will pay the price."
According to an investigation by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), Grant owned and operated Dependable Nursing Care, a nurse staffing company based in Gaithersburg the provides certified nursing assistants and nurse monitors for home health care under the Maryland Medicaid program. Between January 10, 2008, and August 15, 2010, Grant falsely submitted claims for 69 dates of service on behalf of 11 separate recipients that were never rendered. Dependable Nursing Care is believed to have ceased operations in August 2010.
In July 2013, Grant reached a civil settlement with the Office of the Attorney General on behalf of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and paid an additional $5,885.14.
Medicaid is a healthcare program for families and children and certain other individuals who qualify based on income levels, disability and certain other circumstances.
In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General John McLane, MFCU Investigator Shannon Beatty and Maryland State Police Sergeant Sha Brown for their work on this case.