HAMMOND — A Gary woman was sentenced to prison after a health care fraud scheme that cost tax payers $195,602, courts said.
Felicia Blount, 44, of Gary, was sentenced after pleading guilty to health care fraud, according to an announcement from U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch.
Blount was sentenced to one year and a day in prison followed by two years of supervised release, on top of having to pay 195,602.09 in restitution for defrauding Indiana Medicaid.
She owned and operated a company that provided transportation for medical appointments and services called Lending Hand Transportation.
Blount and Charlotte Hunter, case co-defendant and company secretary, submitted claims for several trips to Indianapolis without any corresponding medical claims.”
The duo submitted bills for trips they did not take, inflated mileage reports, billed multiple-passenger trips as individual single-passenger trips and altered travel documents, court records said.
They submitted $443,917 in fraudulent claims to Indiana Medicaid, costing Indiana taxpayers a total of $195,602.09.
Hunter pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud earlier this year. She was sentenced to two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $195,602.09 in restitution.
“Indiana Medicaid serves more than one million Hoosiers across the state,” Attorney General Curtis Hill said. “Many of these individuals are children, the disabled and the less fortunate among us. To commit Medicaid fraud is to take advantage of our most vulnerable while also defrauding hardworking Hoosier taxpayers. Our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit works diligently to pursue those who abuse the system and commit fraud against the state so that they may be brought to justice.”