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8 arrested in Medicaid fraud conspiracy

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DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says eight people are behind bars in connection with Medicaid fraud from a Donaldsonville-based business.

All but one of the eight arrested worked at Majestic Home Care Services, LLC. The owners, Latesha Taylor and her mother Martha Taylor are accused of repeatedly billing Louisiana's Medicaid program for services not actually being provided to Medicaid recipients.

The Louisiana District Attorney reports that Majestic employed supervisors and direct service workers, including other members of the Taylor family, who struck deals with Medicaid patients.

Direct service workers provide in-home services to Medicaid recipients such as cooking, grooming, and bathing, but under the arrangements, recipients would allow the direct service workers to submit paperwork for services that were not performed, often claiming over 40 hours worked in a given week.

Recipients would sign fraudulent time sheets and, in return, receive up to half the Medicaid reimbursement dollars via cash payments and bank deposits. In one instance, the Medicaid program paid in excess of $100,000 over a three year period for services not rendered.

Among the direct service workers hired were Martha Taylor's sons, Ricky Taylor and Byron Collins, Jr., who both submitted fraudulent high school diplomas in order to obtain employment.

Latesha Taylor is charged with knowingly facilitating the submission of these forged academic records. While employed, Ricky Taylor and Collins were arrested in unrelated incidents yet MFCU investigators found that both submitted time sheets which caused billings to the Medicaid program claiming they were providing medical services while actually under arrest and in custody.

Additionally, a 2013 letter submitted to the Department of Health and Hospitals by Latesha Taylor confirming that Majestic had a $50,000 line of credit was found to be fraudulent.

Latesha Taylor, 33, is charged with forgery, Medicaid fraud, criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud and two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit forgery. She was arrested and released on a $15,000 bond.

Martha Taylor, 56, is charged with two counts each of Medicaid fraud, criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, fraudulent remuneration, criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration, criminal conspiracy to commit forgery, and filing and/or maintaining false public records. She was arrested and released on a $10,500 bond.

Ricky Taylor 30, is charged with 16 counts each of Medicaid fraud, fraudulent remuneration, criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration and one count of forgery. He was arrested and is being held on a $65,000 bond.

Byron Collins Jr., 23, is charged with 11 counts each of Medicaid fraud, fraudulent remuneration, criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration and one count of forgery. He was arrested and is being held on a $45,000 bond.

Reneisha Jacobs, 23, is charged with six counts each of Medicaid fraud, fraudulent remuneration, criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, and criminal conspiracy to commit fraudulent remuneration. She was arrested and released on a $36,000 bond.

Corinthia Brown, 27, is charged with five counts of Medicaid fraud. She was arrested and released on a $12,000 bond.

Jevon Soloman, 25, is charged with six counts of Medicaid fraud. She was arrested and is being held on a $15,000 bond.

Brandy Joseph, 29, is charged with seven counts of Medicaid fraud. She is a Medicaid recipient and did not work at Majestic Home Care Services, LLC. She was arrested and is being held on a $10,500 bond.

To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 1-888-799-6885.

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