A Hilliard-area guy who used his home-health company to defraud Medicaid and develop a $932,000 luxury home excused his criminal offenses as he was sentenced Thursday to 4 years in jail.
” I do take complete obligation for my acts,” Riyad Altallaa, 52, informed Chief U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. in federal court in Columbus.
Sargus accepted plea contracts with district attorneys in the event, sentencing Altallaa’s partner, 50-year-old Muna Alnoubani, to 3 years of probation for her function. The couple had pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to defraud Medicaid; Altallaa also pleaded guilty to money laundering for using the funds to finance their house at 8043 Patterson Rd. in Brown Township.
They ran Columbus Home Health Care Services at 50 Old Village Road on the West Side.
” It was outright,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Affeldt stated of the case. “They made a substantial quantity of money off the taxpayer and Medicaid and other health-insurance business. It enabled them to have this extravagant way of life.”.
Alnoubani’s lawyer, Steven M. Brown, informed the court that she was not the mastermind of the plans that permitted the company to send more than $1 million in deceitful Medicaid claims.
” Mrs. Alnoubani is a great, soft-spoken woman who’s been a hard-working nurse her whole profession,” Brown stated. “I think she’s still stunned that she was associated with this.”.
From October 2011 to March 2015, federal detectives say, Columbus Home Health Services regularly charged Medicaid for services that weren’t offered, and falsified the medical conditions of clients so that the company might bill for services the clients weren’t entitled to get.
Altallaa and Alnoubani bought their home-health assistants to send fake costs and time sheets, court files say. They also made the previous work histories of assistants– noting previous experience and training that wasn’t gotten– to make it look like through the assistants were certified to offer home-health services.
The plea contract needed the couple to surrender their home and pay restitution to the Medicaid program. It offered in April and netted $561,557. Sargus also purchased them to pay an extra $33,000, with Alnoubani making small payments now and her hubby’s postponed till he is launched from jail.
Their dream home is gone, “They’re still living in an extremely good house,” Affeldt informed the court.
The case versus Altallaa and Alnoubani was revealed in June 2016 as state and federal authorities looked for to accentuate the issue of Medicaid scams. And across the country sweep exposed in 2015 caused charges versus some 300 people, consisting of medical professionals and nurses, associated with $900 million worth of incorrect billings.
Ohio is amongst a handful of states that do not need licensing for home-health companies, and scams detectives say the ease of beginning such a business in the state most likely adds to scams.
Altallaa, Sargus stated, has a criminal history that consists of trafficking in cocaine, alcohol sales to minors and criminal mischief. Before he began a home-health company, he offered automobiles.