Office of the Attorney General
Former Employee of LifeSkills, Inc. Indicted by Warren County Grand Jury for Medicaid Fraud, Forgery and Theft
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the indictment and arraignment of three people on charges of Medicaid fraud, forgery and theft in connection with their work at LifeSkills, Inc., in Bowling Green, Ky., and the Kentucky Medicaid Supports for Community Living (SCL) program. The indictments follow an investigation by General Conway's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' Office of the Inspector General.
A Warren County grand jury indicted Timothy Schwartz, a former employee of LifeSkills, Inc., on February 15, 2012 on one count of theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or greater, one count of Medicaid fraud, and five counts of third degree forgery. Schwartz is currently being detained in the Warren County jail under a $5,000 bond.
Indictments were also issued against Schwartz's alleged accomplices, Mark and Mandy Huff. Mark Huff is charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or greater and one count of Medicaid fraud, while Mandy Huff faces one count of theft by unlawful taking of $500 or greater and one count of Medicaid fraud.
Schwartz worked as a support broker at LifeSkills, Inc. which provides services to mentally challenged or developmentally disabled individuals as part of Kentucky Medicaid's Supports for Community Living (SCL) program. Mark and Mandy Huff were documented by Schwartz as working in the SCL program.
The indictment against Schwartz alleges that he falsified timesheets and forged the signatures of family members of disabled individuals to obtain payment for services not rendered. The indictment further alleges that Mandy and Mark Huff were complicit in the fraud and theft by also falsifying their time sheets when no services were rendered. Schwartz allegedly charged a total of more than $32,000 for services not rendered.
Theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or greater is a Class C felony and carries a potential penalty range of five to 10 years in prison. Theft by unlawful taking of $500 or greater is a Class D felony and carries a potential penalty range of one to five years in prison. Medicaid fraud is a Class D felony and carries a potential penalty range of one to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000. Third degree forgery is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a potential penalty range of 90 days to 12 months in prison and a fine of $250 to $500.
The Attorney General's Office would like to thank Warren County Commonwealth Attorney Christopher Cohron for his assistance in this case. Prosecution of this case is being handled by General Conway's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.