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6/5/2014 12:00:00 AM
8 Arrested in Medicaid Fraud Conspiracy

Eight people have been arrested after it was discovered that a personal care services company conspired with its Medicaid recipients to steal Medicaid dollars, announced the Louisiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

The Donaldsonville-based licensed Medicaid provider, Majestic Home Care Services, LLC, owned by Latesha Taylor and operated jointly with her mother, Martha Taylor, repeatedly billed Louisiana’s Medicaid program for services not actually rendered to Medicaid recipients. Majestic employed supervisors and direct service workers, including other members of the Taylor family, who struck deals with Medicaid patients. Direct service workers provide in-home services to Medicaid recipients such as cooking, grooming, and bathing, but under the arrangements, recipients would allow the direct service workers to submit paperwork for services that were not performed, often claiming over 40 hours worked in a given week. Recipients would sign fraudulent time sheets and, in return, receive up to half the Medicaid reimbursement dollars via cash payments and bank deposits. In one instance, the Medicaid program paid in excess of $100,000 over a three year period for services not rendered.

Among the direct service workers hired were Martha Taylor’s sons, Ricky Taylor and Byron Collins, Jr., who both submitted fraudulent high school diplomas in order to obtain employment. Latesha Taylor is charged with knowingly facilitating the submission of these forged academic records. While employed, Ricky Taylor and Collins were arrested in unrelated incidents yet MFCU investigators found that both submitted time sheets which caused billings to the Medicaid program claiming they were providing medical services while actually under arrest and in custody.

Additionally, a 2013 letter submitted to the Department of Health and Hospitals by Latesha Taylor confirming that Majestic had a $50,000 line of credit was found to be fraudulent.

To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 1-888-799-6885.


The following individuals were arrested by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Unit and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office on June 3, 2014, and transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for booking:

Latesha Taylor, 33
256 Evangeline Street, Donaldsonville, LA 70346
Owner, Operator
Forgery, 1 felony count
Medicaid fraud, 1 felony count
Criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, 1 felony count
Criminal conspiracy to commit forgery, 2 felony counts

Martha Taylor, 56
1715 Loretta D Street, Donaldsonville, LA 70346
Operator, Company Administrator
Medicaid Fraud, 2 felony counts
Criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, 2 felony counts
Fraudulent remuneration, 2 felony counts
Criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration, 2 felony counts
Criminal conspiracy to commit forgery, 2 felony counts
Filing and/or maintaining false public records, 2 felony counts

Ricky Taylor, 30
1715 Loretta D Street, Donaldsonville, LA 70346
Direct Service Worker
Medicaid fraud, 16 felony counts
Fraudulent remuneration, 16 felony counts
Criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, 16 felony counts
Criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration, 16 felony counts
Forgery, 1 count

Byron Collins, Jr., 23
256 Evangeline Drive, Donaldsonville, LA 70346
Direct Service Worker
Medicaid fraud, 11 felony counts
Fraudulent remuneration, 11 felony counts
Criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, 11 felony counts
Criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration, 11 felony counts
Forgery, 1 felony count

Reneisha Jacobs, 23
6025 Grant Road, Napoleonville, LA 70390
Direct Service Worker
Medicaid fraud, 6 felony counts
Fraudulent remuneration, 6 felony counts
Criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, 6 felony counts
Criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration, 6 felony counts

Corinthia Brown, 27
407 West Second Street, Donaldsonville, LA 70346
Office Supervisor
Medicaid fraud, 5 felony counts

Jevon Soloman, 25
35034 Highway 1, Donaldsonville, LA 70346
Direct Service Worker, Office Staff
Medicaid fraud, 6 felony counts


Arrested on June 4, 2014, with assistance from the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for booking:

Brandy Joseph, 29
789 South Vaughn Street, Brusly, LA 70719
Medicaid recipient
Medicaid fraud, 7 felony counts


     

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