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September 16, 2014

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Woman claiming to provide home health care services sentenced for Medicaid fraud

A personal care assistant who committed Medicaid fraud will spend 30 days in jail and pay $1,250, the Nevada Attorney General announced today.

Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Deborah Lippis sentenced Niurvis Rodriguez, 36, today for one misdemeanor offense of submitting false claims. The fraud occurred from February 2011 to September 2011, officials said.

Rodriguez was employed by a home health care company to provide care — such as bathing, dressing, cleaning and preparing meals — to a Medicaid recipient, but an investigation revealed she never provided those services, officials said.

Instead, Rodriguez had outside employment that conflicted with the care she allegedly was providing to the Medicaid recipient, officials said. But Rodriguez was receiving payment for the services she never performed.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto’s office investigated the case. The unit also investigates and prosecutes elder abuse or neglect cases.

Anyone who wants to report suspicions related to Medicaid fraud or elder abuse and neglect should contact the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 775-684-1191 or 702-486-3187.

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