AG Gansler: Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to Medicaid Theft
Former state worker collected payments for home health services never provided
Baltimore, MD (May 8, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Martin Sacks, 56, of Baltimore, has pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft for fraudulently billing the Medicaid program for home health care services he never provided. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Sylvester Cox imposed probation before judgment and placed Sacks on five years supervised probation. Sacks was ordered to pay $21,860 in restitution to the Maryland Medicaid program and perform 300 hours of community service.
"Stealing from a government health care program will only earn you an appointment in front of a judge" said Attorney General Gansler. "What matters most is that the money taken will be put back towards those who need the health care services."
The investigation revealed that Sacks, a home health aide approved to be a Medicaid provider, fraudulently billed the Medicaid program for supposedly caring for two Medicaid recipients. It was discovered that he was working at Spring Grove Hospital as a linen service worker.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with assistance from the Maryland State Police. Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Tom Rafter and investigator John Bettinger for their work on this case.