DONALDSONVILLE, La. (WVLA) – Eight people were arrested in connection with Medicaid fraud conspiracy, announced the Louisiana Attorney General on Thursday.
Latesha Taylor owns Majestic Home Care Services, a Donaldsonville-based, licensed Medicaid provider. Taylor operates the business with her mother, Martha Taylor.
They are accused of repeatedly billing the state’s Medicaid program for services they never provided.
The Attorney General’s Office says, “Majestic employed supervisors and direct service workers, including other members of the Taylor family, who struck deals with Medicaid patients.”
Clients allegedly allowed direct service workers to bill as much as 40 hours a week, for services the employees never provided.
Recipients reportedly signed fraudulent time sheets and would receive up to half the Medicaid reimbursement money in cash payments and bank deposits.
In one instance, the Medicaid program paid more than $100,000 over a three-year period for services the company never provided.
Among the direct service workers hired were Martha Taylor’s sons: Ricky Taylor and Byron Collins, Jr., who both submitted fake high school diplomas in order to get the job.
Latesha Taylor is charged with knowingly helping to submit the fake school records.
Ricky Taylor and Collins were arrested in unrelated incidents, but investigators found that they each submitted fraudulent time sheets, showing they provided medical services while arrested.
Investigators also discovered that Latesha Taylor submitted a fraudulent letter in 2013, claiming that Majestic had a $50,000 line of credit.
To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 1-888-799-6885.