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November 22, 2014

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Crime:

Manager of medical supply business must pay up after she was caught defrauding Medicaid

A Las Vegas woman was sentenced today to pay more than $26,000 in restitution and other costs for her role in a Medicaid fraud scheme.

District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney found Isidora DeGuzman, 53, guilty of Medicaid fraud and ordered her to pay $6,822 in restitution and $20,000 in investigation and prosecution costs.

DeGuzman worked as the manager of Joy Mobility and Medical Supplies, a company that delivers medical equipment to Medicaid recipients and then is reimbursed by Medicaid, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said.

An Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit discovered that the company claimed it delivered more products or more expensive products to its clients than it actually did. Medicaid would then pay the company based on the fraudulent information, Masto said.

The investigation started in January 2009, after the fraud unit uncovered a separate medical equipment company that fraudulently billed Medicaid using stolen patient information from Joy Mobility and Medical Supplies.

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