BATON ROUGE, LA – Attorney General Jeff Landry today applauded the sentencing of a conviction made by the Louisiana Department of Justice’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Judge Bruce Bennett ordered Millennium Health Care Services, the company owner Dwaine Woods, and his wife Dynetta Woods to make an over $7 million restitution payment to the State of Louisiana for their guilty verdicts in a scheme to defraud the Medicaid system. Dwaine Woods was also sentenced to ten years of hard labor.
“I applaud Judge Bennett for his professionalism and dedication to the rule of law. His sentence is a win for justice and for our State,” said General Landry. “Medicaid fraud is a crime that robs our State of precious resources and endangers services to those in need. I am proud of our investigators and prosecutors who worked hard to ensure justice was served.”
Millennium Health Care Services was in operation from 2004-2010 and was fully funded by Medicaid dollars. The company had offices in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, and Lafayette. Evidence in this case showed that the company and Dynetta Woods engaged in a criminal conspiracy to create multiple false CPR cards for Millennium’s service workers, though the workers didn’t attend a training to properly be certified.
“This scheme was not just illegal, but it was also extremely dangerous,” said General Landry. “Instead of service workers learning necessary skills, they were fraudulently getting certifications without any training – greatly jeopardizing the health and safety of patients.”
Millennium Health Care Services was convicted of one count of Conspiracy to Commit Forgery, 19 counts of Forgery, and one count of Theft by Fraud. The company was ordered to pay $6,985,249.73 in restitution and $17,500 in fines. Dwaine Woods, 47 of Prairieville, was convicted of Theft by Fraud and sentenced to 10 years hard labor. He was ordered to pay $6,985,249.73 in restitution. Dynetta Woods, 44 of Prairieville, was convicted of one count of Conspiracy to Commit Forgery and 19 counts of Forgery. She was sentenced to five years of supervised probation, ordered to pay $54,729.72 in restitution, and $5,000 in fines. The Court also instructed Mrs. Woods that she may no longer do any business with the State of Louisiana.