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Medicaid Fraud

Tampa, FL: (Mar-16-08) Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit brought charges against Theodore Hartzog, an employee of We Care Inc. of Tampa Bay, a local nonprofit, alleging that he falsified service logs for four Medicaid recipients between March 13 and Sep.7, 2007. The suit claimed that Hartzog created records indicating he had provided supported living coach services that were never actually rendered.

According to court records, We Care, a Florida nonprofit that provides personal care assistance, companion services and supported living services, and its owner Frank Hartley, stated that they were unaware of the misconduct. The suit was filed following an investigation conducted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit revealed the fraud. The investigation was sparked off by complaints filed by a disabled adult who reported he had not received the services described on his explanation of benefits. Hartzog allegedly committed $41,000 in billing fraud and had stolen more than $10,000 from a victim's savings account.

As part of a settlement reached, We Care agreed to reimburse $41,636 to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. In addition to the civil settlement, We Care reimbursed the victim of the theft $10,000. The payout also resolves allegations against Theodore Hartzog, though he was arrested and charged criminally for his actions. [TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL: WE CARE SETTLES WITH STATE]

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Published on Mar-17-08


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