Recently, federal prosecutors charged four home health care workers at Moriarty Consultants, a home health care company located in Pittsburgh on Perryville Avenue of fraud. In April 2017, Moriarty Consultants was raided by federal investigators who were looking to gather evidence that Travis Moriarty, Tiffhany Covington, Autumn Brown, and Brenda Lowry Horton had conspired to commit fraud by submitting false claims, costing the state millions of dollars.
According to affidavits, the four suspects who have been charged were involved in a conspiracy to submit false claims for services within the home care sector that were never provided and were not needed. They are alleged to have falsified timesheets, set up fake employees, and even relied on consumers to help falsify these claims, paying kickbacks to these individuals.
Travis Moriarty is 37, Tiffhany Covington is 41, Autumn Brown is 31, and Brenda Lowry Horton is 48.
As reported by 11 News, WPXI in Pittsburgh, in the news blog, 4 home health care workers charged in multimillion dollar Medicaid scheme:
“According to federal prosecutors, they worked together to submit fake claims, costing the state millions of dollars.
Moriarty consultants and three related entities provided cleaning, meal preparation, bathing, and transportation services for senior citizens.
According to the court documents, the employees allegedly fabricated time sheets, used ghost employees and paid kickbacks to consumers.”
According to federal prosecutors, Moriarty Consultants received over $87 million in Medicaid payments. It is unclear if all of these payments were fraudulent or if that was the total amount received by the company over the course of many years for providing services as well as committing fraud.
The owner of the company, Arlinda Moriarty has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged.
It was also noted in the news blog:
“Each suspect faces a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.
Arlinda Moriarty denies any wrongdoing and she said there are a handful of people who are trying to bring her down, but she’s still open for business and working to fix any problems.”
The federal government has been cracking down on home care fraud for many years, resulting in hundreds of arrests and convictions and helping to save the government potentially billions of dollars in fraudulent claims. As the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has instituted new reimbursement requirements, the intent is to make it more difficult for fraud of this nature to be committed.
There was no immediate word on a court date for when these four will return to face a judge