Donaldsonville home service provider indicted for Medicaid fraud

Donaldsonville home service provider indicted for Medicaid fraud
Latesha Taylor (Source: EBRSO)
Latesha Taylor (Source: EBRSO)
Martha Taylor (Source: EBRSO)
Martha Taylor (Source: EBRSO)
Majestic Home Care Services (Source: WAFB)
Majestic Home Care Services (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A grand jury indicted a Donaldsonville home care service provider on 14 counts, including fraud against Louisiana's Medicaid program.

The indictment alleges that the owners and employees of Majestic Home Care Services used corrupt business practices with "the intent to permanently deprive DHH of Medicaid money."

According to indictment, the company committed thousands of dollars of Medicaid fraud. On top of that, the company faces one count of money laundering of over $100,000.

Back in 2014, one Medicaid recipient and seven employees of Majestic Home Care were arrested, including owners LaTesha Taylor and Martha Taylor.

At that time, the Louisiana Attorney General reported 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. However, 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.

The accusations in the indictment go on, indicating that Majestic employees forged high school diplomas in order to be hired. Majestic also allegedly billed for services when the Medicaid recipient was reported to be in jail.

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