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Two sentenced for Medicaid fraud scheme
by Tribune Staff
Dec 16, 2010 | 768 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO – Steven Coward, 29, and Leslie Riggs, 53, have been sentenced to jail terms, fines and community service after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud. Each was sentenced to 12 months in jail (suspended), payment of $42,000 in restitution, penalties and costs and three years probation.

Coward also was sentenced to 80 hours of community service.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Nevada attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU).

“Prosecution of these crimes helps ensure the integrity of Medicaid and returns restitution money that can be used by those in need of services,” Attorney General Cortez Masto said.

In 2007, the MFCU obtained information that Coward was not providing personal care services to Riggs, who is his aunt and a Medicaid recipient. With Riggs’ encouragement and assistance, Coward submitted claims to Medicaid and received payment as if he had actually provided services to Riggs.
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