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Health care professional sentenced for Medicaid fraud
by Tribune Staff
Apr 14, 2011 | 1051 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Youngsook Kwon, age 57, has been sentenced for a misdemeanor offense of submission of false Medicaid claims, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday.

Justice of the Peace Pro Tem Jenny Hubach found Kwon guilty and sentenced her to payment of $750 in restitution, penalties and costs in this Medicaid fraud case.

The investigation began in 2010 after information was obtained that Kwon was not providing personal care assistant services to a Medicaid recipient and was receiving payment for those purported services. Medicaid has a personal care assistant program to keep people living independently in their own homes by providing basic services, including bathing, dressing, cleaning and meal preparation. Medicaid contracts with home care companies that in turn employ individuals to provide the actual day-to-day care. The investigation developed information that Kwon indeed failed to provide care services for the patient for whom she was employed, yet claimed that she performed the services and received payment as if she had actually performed the services.

The Nevada Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes financial fraud by those providing healthcare services or goods to Medicaid patients. Anyone wishing to report suspicions regarding any of these concerns may contact the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in Carson City at 775-684-1191.
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