Claimed to be providing care for family member in Washington while living in Louisiana
OLYMPIA — The Attorney General’s Office filed charges Monday in Kitsap County against a women who collected roughly $9,500 from the state’s Medicaid program to care for her family member in Kitsap County while the woman was living in Louisiana.
The Attorney General’s Office charged Tiamila Michelle Davis with one count of Theft in the First Degree, a class B felony punishable by 10 years imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine. She was also charged with one count of Medicaid False Statement, a class C felony punishable by 5 years imprisonment and/or a $25,000 fine.
The state alleges that, between Feb. 1, 2012 and July 3, 2012, Davis billed Medicaid $9,590.64. for care she claimed to be providing to her family member in Washington while she was actually in Louisiana.
The investigator on the case is Mariya Kunin. Assistant Attorneys General Marty Raap and Eileen Alexander are prosecuting the case for the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. An employee with Kitsap County Aging and Long Term Care filed the complaint that led to the investigation.
Arraignment in the case is scheduled for Dec. 18, 2013.
The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of healthcare provider fraud committed against the state’s Medicaid program. In addition, the unit coordinates the investigation and prosecution of abuse and neglect involving vulnerable adults residing in Medicaid funded residential facilities with local law enforcement authorities through a statewide contact network.
• Report suspected Medicaid fraud: 1-800-562-6906 or send an email to HotTips@hca.wa.gov.
• You can also report provider fraud via the Attorney General’s Office Web site.
The Department of Social and Health Services Office of Fraud & Accountability investigates client fraud. You can report Medicaid Client Fraud via the Department’s Online Complaint Form, call the Welfare Fraud Hotline at 1-800-562-6906 or send the complaint to Welfare Fraud Hotline, P.O. Box 45817, Olympia, Washington 98504-5817.
The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to learn more.
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