Finding an appropriate assisted living facility can be a complex and exhausting task. Now, investigators from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office have added another layer of complexity: the possibility that the staff of a foundation that provided in-home services to elderly Georgians was stealing its clients' Medicaid payments.
Wishes 4 Me Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, that describes itself as "structured living for adults with disabilities." Prosecutors are alleging that the non-profit was funded almost entirely by money fraudulently obtained from the Independent Care Waiver Program, a state Medicaid program that helps disabled people live independent lives in their homes.
The defendants are accused of forging patients' names on documents submitted to the Department of Community Health rather than allowing the patients to schedule their own caregivers. The president and founder of the non-profit has been accused of forging time sheets that were submitted to a payroll services company. The president also allegedly took control of patients' bank accounts and used them to obtain additional funds for the foundation.
The defendants are accused of violating the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, four counts of Medicaid fraud and eight counts of exploitation of a disabled adult. The president and two other defendants face an additional count of conspiracy to defraud the state and four counts of first-degree forgery. The president was also charged with 19 counts of false writings.
Anyone who suspects that an agency is not following the law may wish to share any suspicions with an attorney who is experienced in handling Medicaid cases. A knowledgeable attorney can analyze the evidence and provide a helpful evaluation of the case.