Alleges man engaged in multiple fraudulent schemes, stole more than $15K
OLYMPIA — The Attorney General’s Office today filed charges in King County Superior Court against a Federal Way man the state alleges fraudulently obtained more than $15,000 from the state and federal government in three different schemes involving Medicaid, food stamps and social security.
Prosecutors with the Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) charged Han-Bae Kim with:
- One count of Theft in the First Degree, a Class B felony;
- One count of Medicaid False Statement, a Class C felony;
- One count of Theft in the Second Degree, a Class C felony; and
- One count of unlawful redemption of food stamps, a Class C felony.
The court could also order Kim to pay restitution.
The state alleges that during 2011 and through August 2012, when the Medicaid client for whom he worked passed away, Kim fraudulently billed Medicaid for care when the client was out of the country and after she passed away.
The state also alleges Kim fraudulently used his client’s food stamp card to purchase items at Costco when she was out of the country. Finally the state alleges Kim deposited his client’s Social Security benefits into his own bank account from June 2012 until January 2013.
The Asian Counseling and Referral Service referred the case to the Attorney General’s Office via a Dept. of Social and Health Services Provider Fraud Report. MFCU investigator Kenneth Harkcom investigated the case. Assistant Attorney General Marty Raap will prosecute.
The Attorney General's MFCU investigates and prosecutes healthcare provider fraud committed against the state’s Medicaid program. The unit also coordinates with local law enforcement authorities to investigate and prosecute abuse and neglect in cases involving vulnerable adults residing in Medicaid-funded residential facilities.
Report suspected Medicaid fraud: 360-586-8888 or email: MFCUreferrals@atg.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.
Janelle Guthrie, Director of Communications, (360) 586-0725
Alison Dempsey-Hall, Deputy Communications Director, (206) 641-1335