New Orleans Man Indicted for Health Care Fraud
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 17, 2009|
NEW ORLEANS, LA—TAURUS ROBINSON, age 33, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged in a five-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury with health care fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the indictment, TAURUS ROBINSON was an employee of A New Beginning of New Orleans (ANBNO), a Medicaid Provider located in Harvey, Louisiana which made claims for Personal Care Services it claimed to have provided to Medicaid recipients. (Personal Care Services are services provided to eligible recipients meeting the certain criteria who are unable to care for themselves.) The indictment alleges that between December 2003, and April 2005, ROBINSON created false time sheets and Personal Care Services daily schedules for services he claimed to have performed for ANBNO. Based on these fraudulent information, Medicaid paid approximately $32,135 to ANBNO for services that were not performed.
ROBINSON faces a possible maximum sentence of fifty (50) years’ imprisonment, a fine of $1,250,000 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U.S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General, and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office - Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrice Harris Sullivan and Jordan Ginsberg.