Thursday, September 24, 2009

One Man Not in Favor of Health Care Reform; Used Bogus Medicaid Claims for Bail Money

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 11:02 AM

click to enlarge Authorities say Christopher Long gave new meaning to "medical release from prison."
  • Authorities say Christopher Long gave new meaning to "medical release from prison."
This isn't the biggest news story of the day, but it certainly put a grin on my face when I read about Christopher Long and his genius criminal scheme.

Yesterday the 29-year-old from Jefferson City (not to be confused with the St. Louis Rams defense end by the same name) was sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $1,636.00 for admitting that he defrauded Medicaid.

But unlike the thousands of folks who bilk the public health care system each year, Long did it with real panache. How's that?

He billed Medicaid for money to bail himself out of jail!

Yes, according to Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap, Long made false statements to Medicaid, claiming he provided home health care services in the home setting while Long was actually in jail.

The purpose of the fraudulent scheme was to steal money for Long's personal use, including raising money for bail.

Reap commended the investigators who nabbed Long -- including the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Missouri Attorney General's Office, the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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