Tuesday, 07 08, 2014
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit today announced the sentencing of a former Consumer Directed Options (CDO) employee on charges involving theft and fraud.
On May 20, William Qualls, 22, pleaded guilty in Jefferson Circuit Court to theft by unlawful taking under $10,000 and devising or engaging in a scheme to defraud the Kentucky Medicaid program. Qualls was sentenced today and received a three-year sentence, which will be probated for a period of five years. He was also ordered to repay $3,076.50 to the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services.
Qualls worked as a CDO employee and provided care for a family member in exchange for payment from the state Medicaid program. The CDO program, which is overseen by the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living, serves the non-medical home health needs of members of Kentucky’s home and community-based waiver programs and allows members to choose who provides their non-medical services. Qualls submitted false time sheets while working as a CDO employee and received payments from Medicaid for services he did not perform, resulting in a financial loss of more than $3,000 to the Medicaid program.
This case was investigated by Attorney General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Office of the Inspector General. It was prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General in Jefferson Circuit Court.
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