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April 16, 2014

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Medicaid fraud results in community service, fines for Las Vegas man

A Las Vegas man was sentenced today in a Medicaid fraud case in which he intentionally failed to maintain adequate records to support his Medicaid claims.

District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney sentenced Garren Morris, 43, to 100 hours of community service and ordered him to pay nearly $24,000 in restitution, penalties and costs, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said.

From February 2011 to July 2012, Morris submitted progress notes and time and attendance documents to Unity Family Services — a behavioral health services company — containing false information about Medicaid recipients for whom he claimed he provided behavioral health services.

A Nevada Attorney General investigation into his notes discovered that they were submitted for time periods when the Medicaid recipients were incarcerated at the Clark County Detention Center and could not receive behavioral health services, Masto said. They also discovered that Morris did not call or visit the Medicaid recipients during the times or dates he claimed in his documents.

Morris also received 150 days in jail, which was suspended — meaning he will only serve the time if he fails to complete his other requirements — and a probationary period of up to two years.

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