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According to sources close to the investigation, representatives from the FBI, IRS, and Postal Service were noticed going into a home care business’s main operations and sifting through files and folders and documents. There was no immediate word on what they were looking for.According to sources close to the investigation, representatives from the FBI, IRS, and Postal Service were noticed going into a home care business’s main operations and sifting through files and folders and documents. There was no immediate word on what they were looking for.

Agents were working throughout the facility for a reported eight hours or more and were allegedly working their way through boxes and file cabinets as well as computers. The U.S. Attorney’s office, through a representative, stated that this was part of an ongoing investigation. No one with any inside information regarding what this investigation pertained to was willing to speak to reporters about this situation.

As reported by Channel 11 News, WPXI, in the news article, FBI, investigators raid North Side home-health care business:

“Channel 11’s Rick Earle reported that agents spent more than eight hours sifting through files and computers at Moriarty Consultants on Perrysville Avenue. The business provides services to the elderly and disabled.

It is unclear what was being sought, but postal inspectors and agents from the IRS, FBI and other federal and state agencies hauled boxes of records from the building and loaded them into a U-Haul truck.”

The office was the home operations of Moriarty Consultants, which was founded in 2000 and is allegedly operating in five states and employing over 700 people. The services that Moriarty Consultants provide are primarily to the elderly and disabled and ranges through a host of in home care and other services. The owner, Arlinda Moriarty, says that her business is a $30 million per year business but did not make any formal public comment regarding this investigation, what it may pertain to, or whether or not she was aware of potentially fraudulent activities taking place there.

The federal government has been actively pursuing home care agencies and other providers who attempt to defraud Medicare and Medicaid Services by filing fraudulent claims. Some home care agencies and other providers have been caught submitting falsified bills, stating they provided services even though they were working other jobs or nowhere in the vicinity of the client.

There is no direct evidence that this could be the situation at this time and while the investigation unfolds, there may be more direct information provided by the authorities connected to the case. This story will be updated as more information is made available.

Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com

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