Owners of Home Healthcare Agency Guilty of Medicaid Fraud

COLUMBUS– Two owners of a home health care company that when workplaces in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton ran have actually been condemned of Medicaid scams.

Following a seven-day trial, a Franklin County Common Pleas Court jury discovered Ethel Freeman-Nnonah, 48, of Columbus, guilty of felony counts of Medicaid scams, theft, forgery, and damaging proof. Co-defendant Tinisee Harris, 45, of Reynoldsburg, was condemned of felony counts of Medicaid scams and damaging proof.

The case was examined and prosecuted by the Health Care Fraud Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The examination discovered that Nnonah, the director of medical services of Prudent Healthcare Services LLC, falsified and created medical evaluations and patient plans-of-care and bought many staff members to do the very same. This led to more than $101,000 in incorrect payments to the company from the Ohio Department of Medicaid.

Nnonah and Harris, who was an administrator for Prudent, were likewise discovered to have actually damaged patient files that they had actually been bought to produce to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office pursuant to a subpoena served on the Dayton workplace.

The set will be sentenced April 13 by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Guy L. Reece II.

Here is other current activity including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s workplace:.

– Contractor took legal action against.

DeWine revealed a claim versus a Columbus home enhancement professional implicated of cannot offer promised services to customers in main Ohio.

The suit implicates Midwest Construction Services and Roofing LLC, Jason Hauser, and William Williams of breaching Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and Home Solicitation Sales Act. Attorney general of the United States DeWine looks for repayment for afflicted customers and an end to any offenses of the law.

” Consumers are worthy of to get exactly what they spend for. In this case, a number of them did not,” Attorney General DeWine stated. “We’re taking this action to look for repayment for damaged customers and to safeguard other customers from being hurt by these operators in the future.”.

Inning accordance with the claim, Midwest Construction Services and Roofing LLC uses kitchen area and bath improvement, roof, and other home enhancement services to customers. The owner is Jason Hauser. William Williams (Hauser’s father-in-law) is a staff member who presumably had substantial control over the daily operations of the company.

Since 2016, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has actually gotten 21 problems versus Midwest Construction. In their grievances, customers point out a range of issues. Some stated Midwest began the work but never ever finished it or did work that was so substandard it needed to be remedied by another specialist. Some stated Midwest never ever began the work at all and cannot offer refunds. Contested quantities amount to $150,000.

The Attorney General’s suit implicates Midwest, Hauser, and Williams of cannot provide services, carrying out inferior and second-rate work, stopping working to honor cancellation notifications, and cannot supply customers with correct notification of their cancellation rights.

Different from this case, William Williams was founded guilty of theft in Licking County in 2006 associated to home enhancement services. He likewise was taken legal action against by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in 1986 and in 2002 for customer security offenses.

To assist customers prevent home enhancement issues, DeWine provided the list below suggestions:.

Research a company thoroughly before making any payments. Look for grievances on file with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Better Business Bureau. Inspect to see if business is signed up with the Ohio Secretary of State. Get the names of business’s owners and operators. Conduct a web search with the name of business and its operators. Examine court records, which frequently are readily available online. Even if you find no details about a company, be hesitant. Some operators change business names routinely to make it harder for customers to find their record of substandard work.

Get numerous quotes. For a big job, think about getting in touch with at least 3 different organisations before making a last choice. Remember that the company that provides you the most affordable price quote might not always provide the very best outcomes.

Inspect your cancellation rights. If a seller does not have actually a repaired place of business or pertains to your door to provide services, you might be entitled to a three-day right to cancel the agreement under Ohio’s Home Solicitation Sales Act. Make certain you get in-depth composed info about your cancellation rights.

Make certain spoken pledges are put in composing. Get an in-depth composed agreement consisting of any spoken claims the professional makes and other essential information, such as the approximated expense of the work, the anticipated start and end dates, and the names of the people who will carry out the services.

Watch out for ask for big deposits or money payments. It’s sensible for a specialist to need a deposit, but be hesitant if you’re asked to make a big deposit (such as half or more of the overall expense) before any work starts. If possible, pay in increments as the work is finished. Likewise beware if you’re asked to pay in money, which will be challenging to recuperate if something fails.