Detroit woman jailed for stealing $900K in medical fraud
A Detroit woman has been sentenced to one year in jail and five years of probation for filing false Medicaid claims and embezzling from a nonprofit clinic, prosecutors said.
Lajuana Scott was convicted of embezzlement from a nonprofit, health care fraud and Medicaid fraud.
Scott, 59, was sentenced in Ingham County Circuit Court before Judge Clinton Canady III, who ordered her to pay $915,000 in restitution, according to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.
The Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division investigated Scott's work as a biller at Nardin Park Recovery Center, a nonprofit licensed methadone clinic, in Detroit
Detectives found Scott was submitting false claims for psychotherapy to Medicaid and Medicare. She was billing multiple entities for the same psychotherapy services provided to Nardin Park patients, as well as billing on behalf of doctors who had not provided therapy to the patients.
During the investigation, detectives also learned that Scott was stealing money from the nonprofit’s bank account by withdrawing funds from an ATM at a Detroit casino so she could gamble.
“Not only did this nonprofit employee steal nearly one million dollars, but she stole from the taxpayers by falsely billing Medicaid and Medicare from a nonprofit tasked with helping those to fight drug addictions,” Schuette said in a news release. “I will continue to seek justice for the taxpayers of this great state by aggressively prosecuting individuals who steal from them.”